The Los Angeles Chargers have stumbled in recent weeks, losing two straight, including a shocker to the Texans. LA has dropped to ninth place and now needs considerable help if they are going to earn a spot in the playoffs.
It does not get any easier with the COVID-19 issues they face. They’ve started getting players back and will get more with the NFL’s recent policy change, but it might be too little too late. The team has a large contingent on its reserve/COVID-19 list heading into Week 17 practices, but this list should diminish considerably under the new policy. We’ll update as names come off and go on.
Chargers COVID-19 list
OT Storm Norton (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
OT Trey Pipkins III (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
LB Kenneth Murray (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
CB Chris Harris, Jr. (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
CB Davontae Harris (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
S Nasir Adderley (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
S Alohi Gilman (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
K Dustin Hopkins (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
LS Matt Overton (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
NFL COVID-19 protocols
The NFL changed its policy on Tuesday, December 28 following the CDC’s adjustment. If unvaccinated, a player must miss a minimum of five days if a close contact or a positive test. If they have not shown symptoms for at least 24 hours at the end of that five days, they are eligible to be activated.
A vaccinated player does not need to quarantine if a close contact, but does if they test positive. A vaccinated player can test out sooner than the five days if he is asymptomatic for at least 24 hours by one of the following options:
- He receivers two BRL PCR test results that are either negative or produce Cycle Threshold (CT) values of 35 or greater; OR
- He receive one BRL PCR test result that is either negative or produces CT values of 35 or greater and a negative Mesa test result from a test taken within 24 hours of the BRL PCR test. Both tests can be taken at the same time or less than 24 hours apart; OR
- He receives two negative MESA tests 24 hours after the initial swab was taken, but can be taken concurrently provided it’s two separate new swabs.