La NFL ha reportado en las recientes dos semanas 213 jugadores positivos por covid-19, casi el 10 por ciento del total de elementos de la liga según el informe de este martes de su canal NFL Network.
El lunes se reportaron 42 casos, cinco más que en el inicio de la semana pasada, un nuevo récord para un día de pruebas, pero la cantidad de contagios ha escalado hasta superar las dos centenas.
Según la NFL dos tercios de esos 213 jugadores son asintomáticos, mientras que el resto ha presentado síntomas leves.
El aumento en los contagios ya provocó la reprogramación de tres partidos de la semana 15 de la NFL. El primero fue el de Los Ángeles Raiders ante los Cleveland Browns, que del sábado 18 pasó al lunes 20 de diciembre.
Entre los jugadores estelares que esta semana entraron a la lista de positivos está el ala cerrada de los Chiefs, Travis Kelce; el ala defensiva de los Chargers, Joey Bosa; el receptor de los Bills Evin Ksiezarczyk, y el pasador de los Lions, Jared Goff.
THE NFL ADDS 213 POSITIVE PLAYERS FOR COVID IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS
The NFL has reported 213 positive players for covid-19 in the last two weeks, almost 10 percent of the total number of elements in the league according to Tuesday’s report from its NFL Network channel.
42 cases were reported on Monday, five more than at the beginning of last week, a new record for a day of testing, but the number of infections has escalated to more than two hundred.
According to the NFL, two-thirds of those 213 players are asymptomatic, while the rest have had mild symptoms. The increase in infections has already caused the rescheduling of three games of week 15 of the NFL. The first was the Los Angeles Raiders against the Cleveland Browns, which went from Saturday 18 to Monday 20 December.
The other two, which would be played on Sunday 19, will be held this Tuesday between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams, and the Washington Football Team against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the teams that play this Tuesday, Philadelphia will not be able to count on its starting guard Landon Dickerson, nor his substitute Andre Dillard. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey dropped off the COVID-19 list and has a free pass to play for his team.
Among the stellar players who made the positive list this week are Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa; Buffalo Bills catcher Evin Ksiezarczyk; and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff.
New England Patriots will lose for the next game to receiver Kendrick Bourne, linebackers Harvey Langi and Cameron McGrone, as well as defensive end Ronnie Perkins.
The squad with the most positive tests are the Cleveland Browns with 23, including their starting quarterback Baker Mayfield and backup Case Keenum, catcher Jarvis Landry, cornerback Jadeveon Clowney, safety John Johnson and coach Kevin Stefanski. Cleveland is followed by the Los Angeles Rams with 21 cases; then Washington appears, with 14; and the Chicago Bears, with eleven.
Under new NFL protocols, which went into effect Monday, vaccinated and asymptomatic players can return to play in less than 10 days.