Bruce Arians might “quarantine a quarterback” to keep them healthy and available

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Among the questions that have to be answered about the coming NFL season is how teams will deal with players testing positive for COVID-19 and one thought that came to our minds recently was keeping a third quarterback on the roster but away from the team so that he’d be healthy if the team needed him to step up in the case of an infection.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has had the same thought. Arians made an appearance on former NFL defensive end Chris Long’s podcast and Long asked him about the prospect of keeping a quarterback away from the facility during the season.

“Yeah, that’s one of the things I’ve been pondering the last two or three weeks as we set the protocols,” Arians said. “From what I’m understanding is if you test positive, you get quarantined for two weeks. Now, if you have no symptoms, I don’t know what that means. Is it a false one? There’s so much to learn and still explore with this thing, but I’ve thought about keeping the third quarterback on the roster out of the room. We have two guys that have been in our system, really sharp. So, I might have to quarantine a quarterback just in case of a quarantine.”

Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin are the two backups to Tom Brady in Tampa and, as Arians mentioned, both know the team’s offense after spending last season with the team. Other teams don’t have such experienced backups and others will have roster needs that may make keeping three quarterbacks difficult, so we’ll likely see a variety of approaches to handling the future twists and turns of an unusual football year.

8 responses to “Bruce Arians might “quarantine a quarterback” to keep them healthy and available

  1. Just tell the QBs to go to riots. The virus seems to conveniently skip these gatherings.

  2. amyisraelchai1 says:
    June 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm
    Just tell the QBs to go to riots. The virus seems to conveniently skip these gatherings.
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    Keep exposing yourself as part of the problem with your juvenile comments. This is a real issue for those of us in the African American community.

  3. How about just making the entire 53 man roster available on game day? That would allow teams to do as they need with sickness, etc. Having inactive players seemed so childish and stupid.

  4. “Now, if you have no symptoms, I don’t know what that means. Is it a false one?”
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    Where exactly has Arians been for the past few months? You can have the virus and have no symptoms. It doesn’t mean it’s a false positive. Who doesn’t know this by now?

  5. “This is a real issue for those of us in the African American community.” No my friend, this is a real issue for all of us. (I’m white)

    We will keep fighting until the color of a man’s skin is no more important than the color of a man’s eyes.

  6. “We will keep fighting until the color of a man’s skin is no more important than the color of a man’s eyes.”

    I’m OK with people that have brown, green or black eyes, but blue eyes? Are you kidding me?

    j/k….Good post.

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