There were 521 players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list from Dec. 1-27, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and 476 of those came on or after Dec. 13.
But since the NFL and NFLPA adopted new COVID protocols on Dec. 28 – reducing the mandated quarantine for positive players from 10 to five days – the number of players on COVID reserve has been declining, going from more than 230 last week to fewer than 80 as of Saturday afternoon. On Monday, several Eagles starters were among 12 players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. On Tuesday, the Bengals added four players, including Pro Bowl edge rusher Trey Hendrickson. Fortunately for Cincinnati and Dallas, they have already clinched playoff spots and are just playing for seeding in Week 18.
The Cowboys and Steelers each went down two more starters to COVID on Thursday, with cornerback Anthony Brown and Tyron Smith going on the list for Dallas and wide receiver Diontae Johnson and rookie center Kendrick Green doing so for Pittsburgh.