More Than Half of the NFL’s 32 Teams Are Dealing With COVID-19 as the League Enters Week 9

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As the NFL enters week 9, more than half of the NFL’s 32 teams have dealt with or are dealing with COVID-19. Fifteen teams reported new COVID cases or potential exposures this week, nearly half the league, though no games are expected to be affected.

 Notably, Lions QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, but could still play in Sunday’s game if he tests negative each of the five days of isolation. He would have to play a division game against the Vikings without practicing this week, of course.

As for teams on a bye, the Bengals and Eagles have each reported one new positive, while the Browns have shut down their facility in an abundance of caution after a player experienced COVID-like symptoms.

The league has taken the enforcement of the protocols seriously. The Raiders were stripped of a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, fined $500,000 and coach Jon Gruden fined $150,000 for repeated violations of the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols. The Steelers were fined $250,000 and coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,00 for failure to follow NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols, namely Tomlin and other members of the coaching staff not wearing face-covering at all times on the sidelines last Sunday