CHARLOTTE, NC –
The Carolina Panthers sent all of their players home from Bank of America Stadium after six more players tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
That brings the total number of Carolina players on the COVID-19 reserve list to 13.
Defender Brian Burns, full-back Shaq Thompson, defender Marquis Haynes, full-back Phil Hoskins, striker Matt Paradis and defender Daviyon Nixon all showed positive results on Monday. Paradis and Nixon were on standby injured.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule said the decision to bring the players home was made to “stop the tide” and get things under control. The team will conduct its meetings virtually until then and Rhule hopes to have the players back in the building for practice on Wednesday.
The Panthers lost 32-6 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and were eliminated from the playoffs. They visited the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
– The Cincinnati Bengals booked reserve defender Brandon Allen and injured full-back/corner Darius Phillips on Monday’s COVID-19/COVID-19 roster. Phillips (shoulder), who returned to the starting line up for the Bengals, has been on the injured bench since December 9.
Allen is the No. 2 full-back after starter Joe Burrow. The team will likely have to add a midfielder to the roster.
Starting to make a defensive save, DJ Reader missed last Sunday’s game after being shortlisted for COVID-19 on December 20, the same day that full-back Chidobe Awuzie started.
Cincinnati hosts Kansas City on Sunday.
– The Indianapolis Colts put Jahleel Addae safe, full-back TJ Carrie, full-back Malik Jefferson, tackle Marlon Mack and tackle Braden Smith on the roster. Smith was a key member of the offensive line that helped Jonathan Taylor lead the league in speed.