The Indianapolis Colts are one of the hotter teams in the NFL coming into the final two weeks of the 2021 regular season. They’ve won six of seven and coming out of their bye have wins over the contending Patriots and Cardinals. They likely won’t win the AFC South, but they should clinch a playoff spot.
Their biggest concern at the moment is COVID-19. On Monday following Week 16, the team added five players to the reserve/COVID-19 list. They have 12 players on the list, but have also implemented plans to protect quarterback Carson Wentz, who is unvaccinated. Here is their current list of players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. We’ll update as the final two weeks progress.
Dec 28 update: The Colts placed QB Carson Wentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday afternoon.
Dec 29 update: Following the change in NFL COVID-19 protocols, the Colts activated RG Mark Glowinski, LG Quenton Nelson, DE Kemoko Turay, and CB Rock Ya-Sin.
Colts COVID-19 list
QB Carson Wentz (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
RB Marlon Mack (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
OL Braden Smith (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
LB Malik Jefferson (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
CB T.J. Carrie (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
S Jahleel Addae (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
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.