Another player from Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns has come into contact with COVID-19.
Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
Since Sunday, the Browns have placed running backs Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton, John Kelly and center Nick Harris on their COVID reserve list. The Bengals had to do the same with linebacker Markus Bailey on Tuesday.
COVID protocols differ depending on whether or not the player has been vaccinated and whether the player tests positive or is considered close contact. If a player is not vaccinated and tests positive, he must be isolated for 10 days. If he is considered a close contact, he will undergo the five-day quarantine period. A vaccinated player must also isolate themselves, but after producing two negative tests 24 hours apart, they can return to the team. Vaccinated close contacts do not have to be quarantined.
The Bengals entering a farewell week is promising news for both Awuzie and Bailey. Even if both are not vaccinated, they can complete their 10-day isolation before their next game against the Las Vegas Raiders, but they also cannot practice in time.
Hopefully all players involved can recover and return as soon as possible.