Selon Field Yates d’ESPN, the Cincinnati Bengals placed offensive lineman Jackson Carman and running back Samaje Perine on the reserve / COVID-19 roster after playing against the Green Bay Packers just a day ago. Carman, who started at right guard, played all 67 offensive snaps for the Bengals on Sunday while Perine played 41.
There’s no way of noting how many Packers players might have been in contact with these two players without having access to league-level tracking data, but play-by-play of the Week 5 game tells us which players faced Perine, an imperfect measure of contact. Here are all the players who were credited with a tackle from Perine yesterday:
- SAF Adrian Amos: 4
- SAF Darnell Savage : 3
- DL Kenny Clark : 3
- ILB De’vondre Campbell : 3
- OLB Rashan Gary : 2
- DL Tyler Lancaster : 2
- CB Eric Stokes
- ILB Oren Burks
- DL Kingsley Keke
As long as a player is vaccinated and the tests are negative, the NFL says the player does not have to self-isolate after close contact, as long as they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated players, however, must play by a different set of rules as the league says unvaccinated players must self-isolate for five days after “high-risk close contact”, even though they initially test negative for. COVID-19 and don’t. show symptoms. If the unvaccinated close contact players test negative for five consecutive days, they may return to the team.
If an unvaccinated player tests positive for COVID-19, it will take at least 10 days for them to return to the squad. Vaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 can return to the team after two negative tests spaced at least 24 hours apart.
Hopefully the Packers weren’t exposed to COVID-19 in the field on Sunday, and all of the defenders who were in close contact with Carman and Perine are in good health.