The Green Bay Packers are in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the NFC’s playoff field. The 2021 regular season is fast coming to a close and with two weeks remaining, Green Bay has a one-game lead on the Cowboys, Rams, and Buccaneers for the top spot and home field advantage.
The Packers have a favorable schedule to close the season, hosting the Vikings and then traveling to face the Lions. The biggest concern now is COVID-19. The team has generally avoided extensive outbreaks, but could be facing one heading into Week 17. The team placed six players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday to open the week. We’ll update this list as the week progresses.
Packers COVID-19 list
WR Amari Rodgers (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
TE Tyler Davis (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
TE Marcedes Lewis (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
OG Ben Braden (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
DE Keke Kingsley (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
LB Oren Burks (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
LB Tipa Galeai (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
LB Chauncey Rivers (Placed Fri, Dec 24)
LB Ty Summers (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
DB Henry Blake (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
P Corey Bojorquez (Placed Wed, Dec 29)
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.