We knew COVID-19 would affect the 2020 NFL season, and we have already seen a few players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including linebacker Foye Oluokun and defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, who have since been re-activated to the 80-man roster.
The Atlanta Falcons announced today that safety Chris Cooper has become the newest addition to the reserve/COVID-19 list. This doesn’t necessarily mean Cooper has tested positive, as he could just be quarantined for possible contact with someone who may have the illness.
Due to league policy, NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether or not a player has tested positive for COVID-19 or is just being quarantined. Teams are are only allowed to comment on a player’s roster status, such as being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
With Cooper being added to the list, that now makes three current Falcons on the reserve/COVID-19 list including fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter, who reportedly tested positive and has been in quarantine. Cooper is competing for a reserve role as a versatile safety and cornerback and hopes to latch on with the team, so hopefully he’ll be back soon.
With the recent re-signing of saftey J.J. Wilcox, the Falcons roster now sits at 79 players. I would expect in the near future a free agent to be signed or either Smith or Carter to be re-activated to team’s 80-man roster.