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Which Bills players are on the COVID-19 list?

We break down the Bills COVID-19 issues going into Week 17 with the latest news and list of players.

A view of a Buffalo Bills logo on an equipment box before an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs on Oct 10, 2021 at GEHA Filed at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL and NFLPA changed the COVID-19 protocols on Tuesday, December 28 after the CDC made changes to its own recommended protocols. The new rules allow for any player who tests positive to be activated from reserve/COVID-19 list within five days of the positive test. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated players.

On Wednesday, the Bills were one of the first teams to benefit from the new rule. Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis both tested positive last week and are unvaccinated. The Bills activated both players and they will be available this weekend against the Falcons when the Bills look to move a step closer to securing the AFC East title.

Bills COVID-19 list


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:

  1. He receivers two BRL PCR test results that are either negative or produce Cycle Threshold (CT) values of 35 or greater; OR
  2. 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
  3. 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.