Ryan Tannehill heads to COVID reserve list

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It’s clear that COVID will continue to be a major reality for the NFL in 2021. The latest example comes in Tennessee, where starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill reportedly has been placed on the COVID reserve list.

The team has announced the development. Despite characterizations in some circles that Tannehill will automatically miss five to 10 days, the fact that he’s vaccinated means that: (1) he tested positive; and (2) he’ll be able to return after generating two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Tannehill said last month that he got vaccinated because of the NFL’s 2021 COVID protocols, which include dramatically reduced testing and no five-day absence for close contact with an infected person.

Thus, he can land on the COVID reserve list only by testing positive. And he can get off with a pair of negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

35 responses to “Ryan Tannehill heads to COVID reserve list

  1. Sounds like a team player…. Is he FULLY VACCINATED or just had 1/2 the shots needed…. That may play a factor…. but, either way, GOOD FOR HIM for taking the right steps to do what’s best for team & community in general!!

  2. With the public admission that the vaccines are losing effectiveness over time and are now down to 66% for individuals vaccinated early in the process, this is going to happen more and more as the season moves along. Teams are going to have to organize an effort to get all players the booster shot in October or early November if they want to make it through the year without disruptions.

  3. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:07 am
    If this happened on game day he would be held out, just like an unvaccinated player.
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    Yes, but he won’t be tested on game day like an unvaccinated player.

  4. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

    If this happened on game day he would be held out, just like an unvaccinated player.

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    True: BUT the vaccinated player would be available for the NEXT week, especially the crucial Reps. That is a HUGE deal or deal breaker for the player.

  5. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:07 am
    If this happened on game day he would be held out, just like an unvaccinated player.

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    Wrong, vaccinated players don’t get tested on game day

  6. So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then?

  7. Wrong, vaccinated players don’t get tested on game day
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    The one with symptoms do. Which is exactly what he had if you understood the story.

  8. bigguy says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:17 am
    With the public admission that the vaccines are losing effectiveness over time and are now down to 66% for individuals vaccinated early in the process, this is going to happen more and more as the season moves along. Teams are going to have to organize an effort to get all players the booster shot in October or early November if they want to make it through the year without disruptions.

    27 18 Rate This

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    The union isn’t protecting its own people and the NFL is being dumb not making it mandatory with Roger’s Article 46.

  9. Delta transmits to vaxed and unvaxed equally but the NFL insists on carrying on with their now obsolete protocols.

  10. Sucks that players are going to miss games because the testing method has several issues.

  11. Yes vaccinated players will get tested on game day. Either because of symptoms or trying to get cleared from the protocols by having a 2and negative test after 24hrs. So vaccinated players could potentially miss games if they test positive on a Saturday as way. All I’m saying is the NFL has touted the vaccine as a huge competitive advantage but vaccinated players can and will miss games this year from the virus.

  12. The Titans also had a COVID breakout during the season last year.
    Are any Buccaneer players infected after last week’s joint practice with Titans & preseason game?

  13. yeti says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:42 am
    So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then?

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    The benefit of being vaccinated is that if you do somehow become infected with COVID, your chances of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized decrease significantly. A person who is not vaccinated and contracts the virus, even if they are young and healthy, can become seriously ill or even wind up hospitalized/placed on a ventilator. They have no anti-bodies to fight it with. That’s a huge difference, and a great reason to get the shot(s).

  14. The NFL needs to spend this next week revamping its failed Covid policy to meet the new reality of the Delta variant and hopefully save the season. The science clearly indicates that there should be no differences in masking or testing requirements between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

  15. yeti says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:42 am

    So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then?

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    Well, being a lot less likely to die, for starters. The numbers of healthy, strong people dying from this when not vaccinated are piling up well beyond anecdotal status.

    But as the article says, he can return as soon as he has two negative tests at least a day apart. Which means you can bet he’ll be getting tested daily until that happens. So, much more control over the (most likely shorter) process.

  16. So in some cases vaccinated players who test positive for Covid can get less days away from the team than unvaccinated players who test negative after being around someone who tested positive?

  17. Let’s hope that Tannehill has a brief and symptom free recovery and joins the team quickly to help us fantasy football owners who are counting on him.

  18. yeti says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:42 am
    So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then
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    Not Dying?

  19. Protocols were created pre-Delta variant. Given the vax does not prevent transmission of Delta, these protocols are now obsolete.

  20. Just get a booster every six months for the rest of your life and it’ll all be fine and normal except for all of the continued restrictions.

  21. The NFL needs to wake up and put the proper protocols in place.

    The vaccine definitely helps in lowering the severity of the symptoms but not it doesn’t stop the vaccinated player from getting the virus.

    These aren’t just outliers people, UK is reporting 47% of new cases are with the vaccinated.

    So just put the proper protocols in place and the season can go off even better then last season.

  22. So exactly how did getting the covid vaccine benefit his team? The rules penalizing the unvaxxed players is asinine now that it has been established that vaxxed people get and transmit the virus. There is really no reason to treat anybody differently. The only difference is that for the vaccinated perhaps their symptoms will be less, but these are professional in shape atheletes. They were really not at risk to start with.

  23. The NFL is opening a legal Pandora’s box with their vaccine absurdity. We now know you can get and pass covid with the vaccine. Meaning vaxed or non vaxed = no difference. The west is collectively losing their minds!

  24. >The NFL is opening a legal Pandora’s box with their vaccine absurdity.

    Do you really think the NFL did anything without having their lawyers go over it? I guarantee you they have a high priced team of lawyers counsel them on any such actions. I mean you think Goodell cares that much personally one way or the other? They probably were told their legal position would be riskier if they did not have a policy.

  25. I love all these people basically saying that anyone who isn’t vaccinated are definitely going to get severely ill or die. Simply not true. I’m an obese 53 year old man flirting with high blood pressure and diabetes. It sucks. I’ve gone nearly two years now with this virus circulating, I take zero precautions and either I haven’t caught covid or I did and didn’t know it. Don’t care enough to test. I really thought this virus was going to be humanity’s ticket out of overpopulation but only one fifth of one percent of the population died and with all the births, we still had population growth. So sad. Billions of people need to die so future humans can have a chance at a nice life. I don’t want to die but if I do, I do. I wish more people would be willing to take a chance to save the human race.

  26. bradygirl12 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    yeti says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:42 am
    So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then?

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    The benefit of being vaccinated is that if you do somehow become infected with COVID, your chances of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized decrease significantly. A person who is not vaccinated and contracts the virus, even if they are young and healthy, can become seriously ill or even wind up hospitalized/placed on a ventilator. They have no anti-bodies to fight it with. That’s a huge difference, and a great reason to get the shot(s).

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    Also, if both QBs are fully vaccinated and are in close contact during meetings and practices, if the starting QB is testing positive, the backup QB might still have a chance to play if he is negative. If the backup QB is not vaccinated, well, just ask the 2020 Broncos…

  27. So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then
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    Not Dying?

    Oh man, you people really think if you got the jab that you are protected from death. You guys really need to start doing research, watching the news of any kind isn’t the news. Unreal

  28. No football player, being healthy and young( no comorbitities)will die from Covid if unvaccinated. Look at the statistics and stop following fear.

  29. kevpft says:
    August 26, 2021 at 12:05 pm
    yeti says:
    August 26, 2021 at 11:42 am

    So he’s vaccinated, still tested positive and still has to be out 5-10 days. What’s the benefit of a player getting vaccinated then?

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    Well, being a lot less likely to die, for starters. The numbers of healthy, strong people dying from this when not vaccinated are piling up well beyond anecdotal status.
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    Please provide a link with data proving that statement. Actually, let me save you some time. Don’t bother because it doesn’t exist. Because it’s absolutely not true.

  30. The Anti-vaxxers are literally the true idiots of this nation. They are the same as flat-earthers.

  31. bradygirl12 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    The benefit of being vaccinated is that if you do somehow become infected with COVID, your chances of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized decrease significantly. A person who is not vaccinated and contracts the virus, even if they are young and healthy, can become seriously ill or even wind up hospitalized/placed on a ventilator. They have no anti-bodies to fight it with. That’s a huge difference, and a great reason to get the shot(s).
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    Different people have different health requirements. Last season, we continuously saw players placed on the Covid list, but I did not hear about serious illness and hospitalizations. They went into the Covid protocol, tested negative, and played.

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