The Arizona Cardinals head into Week 17 in good position for a wild card berth, but likely disappointed at their lost chance. The team led the NFC West for much of the season and was in the thick of the race for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Injuries cost them, but they are getting healthy in time for the postseason tournament.
The team has been able to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak through the first 16 weeks of the season. They placed three players on the list across Monday and Tuesday early in Week 17, but the NFL’s revised COVID-19 protocols make subsequent positives in the NFL faster to return from. We’ll be updating the Cardinals COVID-19 situation as they remove players from and add others to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Cardinals COVID-19 list
OT DJ Humphries (Placed Thu, Dec 30)
OL Sean Harlow (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
OLB Markus Golden (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
LB Devon Kennard (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
CB Breon Borders (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.