According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Cincinnati Bengals have placed offensive lineman Jackson Carman and running back Samaje Perine on the reserve/COVID-19 list after playing against the Green Bay Packers just one 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 to note how many Packers players might have been in contact with those two players without having access to the league-level tracking data, but the play-by-play of the Week 5 matchup does tell us which players tackled Perine, an imperfect measure of contact. Below are all the players who were credited with a tackle of 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 tests negative, the NFL states that the player does not have to isolate after close contact, as long as they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated players, though, have to play by a different set of rules as the league states that unvaccinated players must isolate for five days after a “high-risk close contact,” even if they initially test negative for COVID-19 and don’t display symptoms. If unvaccinated close contact players test negative for five days in a row, they are eligible to return to the team.
If an unvaccinated player tests positive for COVID-19, it will take them at least 10 days to return to the team. Vaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 can return to the team after two negative tests that are at least 24 hours apart.
Hopefully, the Packers weren’t exposed to COVID-19 on the field on Sunday and all of the defenders who were in close contact with both Carman and Perine are healthy.