The NFL is already facing a problem with positive COVID-19 tests just four weeks into the 2020 season.
Week 4 saw two games postponed as a result of players testing positive for the coronavirus. The Steelers and Titans game was removed from the week entirely after several players/staff on Tennessee tested positive for COVID-19. Later, the Patriots and Chiefs game was postponed following positive tests on both teams.
These positive tests follow earlier cases of COVID-19 we saw from players earlier in the season. Below, we’ll be tracking which NFL players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 this season. This list will not include players who tested positive before the start of the regular season.
NFL players with COVID-19
Here is the updated list of NFL players who have been placed on the league’s COVID-19 list after testing positive for the coronavirus:
- Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots
- Bill Murray, DL, Patriots
- Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
- Byron Cowart, DT, Patriots
- A.J. Terrell, CB, Falcons
- Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Chiefs
- Adam Humphries, WR, Titans
- Kristian Fulton, CB, Titans
- Jeffery Simmons, DE, Titans
- Cam Batson, WR, Titans
- Kamalei Correa, LB, Titans
- Tommy Hudson, TE, Titans
- Beau Brinkley, LS, Titans
- DaQuan Jones, DL, Titans
- Greg Mabin, DB, Titans
- Corey Davis, WR, Titans
- Isaiah Wilson, OL, Titans
- Maurice Hurst, DL, Raiders
Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
Newton will miss the Patriots’ Week 4 game against the Chiefs after testing positive the Friday night before the game. His positive test result forced the league to reschedule the game later on in the week. At the time of his positive test, no other members of the Patriots had tested positive. (UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Oct. 3 that all other Patriots tests came back negative for the virus.)
A.J. Terrell, CB, Falcons
Terrell tested positive prior to Atlanta’s Week 3 game against the Bears. He was added to the team’s COVID-19/reserve list and was inactive for that Week 3 game. He remains on that list and will likely miss Week 4’s matchup against the Packers.
Terrell was the first player to miss a game in the 2020 NFL season due to a positive COVID-19 test. (UPDATE: Terrell was removed from the COVID-19/reserve list on Thursday, Oct. 8.)
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Chiefs
While not a member of the active roster, Ta’amu is a member of the Chiefs’ practice squad. As the Kansas City Star notes, Ta’amu “still takes part in team and positional meetings,” which means he’s still around the team and its players. No other Chiefs player has tested positive, but the combination of Ta’amu’s positive test and Newton’s forced the league the postpone the Week 4 matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs.
A total of 13 members of the Titans organization have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the week-plus following their Week 3 game against the Vikings. ESPN reports there have now been 15 players and eight team personnel who tested positive. The names of the Titans players who tested positive have been partially reported on over time. The result of the positive tests forced the league to reschedule the Titans’ Week 4 matchup against the Steelers.
The Titans also reportedly held an unauthorized workout in the days leading up to their canceled Week 4 game, which could draw punishment from the NFL. Titans offensive lineman Roger Saffold did respond publicly, via Twitter, to the report of their workout.