Packers put Crosby, Sternberger and Hester on Covid Reserve List

It would appear the initial results from the Packers first set of veteran COVID-19 tests have come back. The initial tests for veterans were taken this past Tuesday.

In addition to Crosby and Sternberger, the league's transaction wire indicates the Packers have also placed Trayvon Hester on the Covid-19 Reserve List. 

This new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, their club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player's medical status other than referring to roster status.

Clubs may not disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.

If a player tests positive for the virus, and is asymptomatic, he can be cleared 10 days after the positive test or five days with two negative tests. Players who are exhibiting symptoms are required to be out a minimum of 10 days after the first occurrence of symptoms and 72 hours since symptoms last occurred.

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Since'61's picture

July 30, 2020 at 06:17 pm

I can see that we will have something else to look forward to during the season. Who is going to replace Crosby if he becomes infected during the season, if we get that far?

Sternberger is off to a flying stop.

Thanks, Since ‘61

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Oppy's picture

July 30, 2020 at 07:09 pm

I think you are right on the money with the "if we get that far" part. Anyone thinking football during this outbreak is going to work is probably fooling themselves. Too many bodies, exerting themselves, full contact, plus airline travel?

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Slim11's picture

July 31, 2020 at 06:48 am

The airline travel isn't that large a threat. Teams do fly on charter flights operated by airlines. They are mostly isolated from the traveling public.

The air circulation combines air in the cabin with outside air. At cruise altitude, that air is very, very dry. Dry air is not a hospitable environment for any virus.

The cabin is also pressurized. Some air is taken from the engines (called bleed air) and is cooled and heated several times. It is also filtered and mixed with outside air (ram air) before going into the cabin. No virus is going to survive that process because of the high temperature of that bleed air.

I think your other comments illustrate the threat of this virus more accurately. As a pilot, the biggest threat to my crew and me is the passenger who gets past all the screening and is in the cabin and is infected or a carrier. Airlines require cabin crews and passengers to be masked the entire flight. One airline won't allow passengers to fly if their mask is designed with an outflow valve.

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Spock's picture

July 31, 2020 at 07:16 am

Slim11, Thanks for the information from a pilot's viewpoint. A lot of interesting information there and good to know.

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CJ Bauckham's picture

July 31, 2020 at 01:09 pm

a cursory Google search appears to refute that viruses don't like dry air; but I am neither a pilot nor an epidemiologist. This was a genuinely interesting post Slim. Thanks for the info

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Oppy's picture

August 01, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Thanks, Slim.

The fact still remains that you'll have roughly 100 players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, etc, in an enclosed space for a couple hours.. often within hours of playing football for three hours which involves mixing with 100 others.

It's clearly less than ideal in terms of social distancing and attempting to prevent the spread of a viral outbreak.

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D.D.Driver's picture

July 31, 2020 at 08:03 am

Anyone thinking these guys will leave billions of dollars on the table is probably fooling themselves. It's not just owners and players whose livelihood is at stake, its trainers and officer workers, its camera men. It's a much bigger deal then just telling a few players to stay home this year.

It's possible to think this crisis is serious, and also think it is manageable. But, I have a hard time finding like-minded thinkers.

With billions of dollars and perhaps thousands of jobs at stake, I'm fairly confident that the NFL will figure out a way to manage the season in a reasonably safe manner. There is never zero risk, but reviewing the testing and quarantine protocol, the NFL seems to be taking everything seriously and acting responsibility.

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Oppy's picture

August 01, 2020 at 12:40 pm

I'm not sure how you can walk away with the impression the NFL seems to be taking everything seriously and acting responsibly when just days ago players were on the verge of striking because the NFL wasn't doing enough to ensure player safety; not having clear protocols in place, and apparently not taking the advice of their own medical experts.

There's no question the NFL is all about getting their money. It is highly questionable how much they care about the lives of their employees and their families when push comes to shove.

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Adorabelle's picture

July 31, 2020 at 12:31 am

Actually if they are going to be exposed or positive this is the time to do it. Its those ones that come up positive if games ever start that will cause chaos.

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D.D.Driver's picture

July 31, 2020 at 08:21 am

Who is going to replace Crosby if he breaks a toe?

In your sarcasm, you miss a big point: Crosby, Sternberger, etc. did *not* catch COVID playing football. If they caught COVID, it was just in the course of their off the field life.

Q.E.D. Cancelling the season will not prevent the players and staff from catching COVID, but it would prevent them from passing COVID around at the team facilities.

But, the NFL can also mitigate the risk of passing the virus at work by aggressive screening and quarantining, which is what they are doing. It's not like the NFL is burying its head in the sand. It seems to be conducting itself pretty responsibly.

Also, lot's of 20-somethings spending the offseason in hot spots, I'd be interested to know what percentage of players are already immune to COVID. I bet its a relatively high percentage.

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murf7777's picture

July 31, 2020 at 09:35 am

Yes, the season will progress with delays, odd lineups and opportunity for 2nd and 3rd tier players when called up to show their value. It will be a season like no other.

I say embrace it. One thing about life is there is always change, what makes who we are is how we embrace the change. Coaches and management will have their biggest challenges for anytime I can remember due to the unknown the virus puts upon us. Their abilities will never be more important to this season and the near future. I’m excited to see which team staffs handles this at a high level.

One thing is certain ours and other teams roster is far from set.

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snowdog's picture

July 31, 2020 at 03:05 pm

Jerry Kramer

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ricky's picture

July 30, 2020 at 07:48 pm

This was inevitable. It's the new reality, not just for the Packers, but every team. Expect a watered down product with few if any fans in attendance, and wait until a HC or OC or DC is tested positive. Or, as in Minny, the head trainer. Expect a shortened season, quite possibly with teams playing different amounts of games due to cancellations, and the Super Bowl being more like a Survivor Bowl.

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murf7777's picture

July 31, 2020 at 09:22 am

I’m thinking a SB pushed back 2-3 months, but a full schedule will happen. Watered down? Very likely. Still better then no football!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 30, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Here is a concise tweet by Matt Schneidmann regarding the protocol if a player tests positive and if a player is exposed and has a negative test.

https://twitter.com/mattschneidman/status/1288938964116799489/photo/2

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Rick5952's picture

July 31, 2020 at 08:30 am

I long for the simple days when all we had to worry about was injuries.

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Bure9620's picture

July 31, 2020 at 09:03 am

Well, the 40s were not simple, fighting a World War and global terror, facism and authoritarianism. 08/09 global financial crisis/recession was not simple. Past challenges were not exactly lollipops and rainbows.....

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