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Washington activates four defensive linemen off COVID-19 list for Week 15

We break down the news that Cam Sims and six other Washington players are on the COVID-19 list.

Cam Sims #89 of the Washington Football Team catches a pass during the organized team activity at Inova Sports Performance Center on June 2, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Dec 18 update: The Football Team has activated four defensive linemen off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The group includes DT Jonathan Allen, DE James Smith-Williams, DE Montez Sweat, and DE Casey Toohill. Sweat was on IR previously and has designated for return to practice.

The Washington Football Team placed seven players on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. The two most notable fantasy football names on the list are wide receiver Cam Sims and backup quarterback Kyle Allen. Allen had to come in last week for Taylor Heinicke while Sims saw a big boost in work with Terry McLaurin forced from the game with a concussion.

The good news is that Taylor Heinicke appears fine to play this week against the Eagles, but the not so good news is that McLaurin will need to pass concussion protocol and if he can’t, the team will be severely short-handed at wide receiver.

Sims caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in relief of McLaurin. DeAndre Carter and Dyami Brown would be next on the list after Sims, while Adam Humphries would continue out of the slot.

Fantasy football implications

At this point. it is difficult to get a good handle on this situation. If McLaurin can return, he is the only receiver you can play in fantasy with any confidence. If he’s out, Adam Humphries becomes someone with a higher floor than usual, but not a lot of upside.