WFT’s Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke ‘trending’ but still on COVID-19 list
Washington head coach Ron Rivera said on Sunday that Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen were “in fashion” in hopes that at least one of the club’s quarterbacks would be able to clarify protocols before the game Tuesday.
WFT QBs Allen and Heinicke ‘Trending Upward’ But Remain on COVID List Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington soccer team’s top two quarterbacks, Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, are currently on the team’s reserve / COVID-19 roster. And, if that stays the case in two days, neither of the two callers will be able to prepare for Washington’s Week 15 game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.
However, Washington head coach Ron Rivera said on Sunday that Heinicke and Allen were “all the rage,” in hopes that at least one of the club’s quarterbacks would be able to clear protocols before the Tuesday’s game – a clash that was originally scheduled for Sunday. but postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington.
“Well, I know, after seeing the numbers, that they’re on the rise,” Rivera said. “That’s a good thing. But it’s a delicate thing. It’s a health issue. And, depending on how things go in the next 24 to 36 hours, we’ll know even more.”
Last Friday, the NFL updated its COVID-19 protocols due to the emergence of the Omicron variant – the new strain of the virus that is more contagious than previous strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The new protocols are designed to get vaccinated and asymptomatic players back onto the pitch faster than ever before. It should be noted that Dr. Allen Sills, chief medical officer of the NFL, pointed out that many Omicron cases have produces milder symptoms than the previous variants as the reason for the change.
Under the new protocols in place, players who are positive for COVID-19 will also have their viral load monitored. Simply put, viral load shows how much virus each person carries in their body. If that number reaches 35, that player can return to the squad, even if the test result is still technically positive.
In saying that Heinicke and Allen are “on the rise,” Rivera is probably referring to the improved viral load of Allen and Heinicke.
If neither Allen nor Heinicke are able to clear the protocols in time for Tuesday’s game, Washington has three quarterbacks they can turn to: Pat Shurmur, Garrett Gilbert and Jordan Ta’amu. Shurmur has spent most of the season on the Washington practice squad, while Garrett was signed to the active roster this week. Ta’amu, who was signed to the training squad, also joined the club this week.
While Rivera would not commit to a starter if Heinicke and Allen remained out, the belief is that Gilbert would get the go-ahead based on his past experience in offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s system in Carolina. Gilbert is also the only one of Washington’s three new quarterbacks to have NFL experience.
“I thought the quarters had a good day today. I think Garrett did a good job, ”Rivera said on Sunday. “I thought he handled the wind pretty well. It’s very windy there. For the most part, the quarterbacks had to throw themselves into it. I think the quarterbacks did a good job.
Rivera also made encouraging remarks about Shurmur, who has been with the squad since mid-September.
“I think he does a good job with the preparation and getting ready, just in case,” Rivera said.
At 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Washington still had 16 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. However, the team has activated a total of nine roster players since Saturday, a good sign to move forward.
During what has been a hectic week for Washington, Rivera is proud of his team for limiting distractions and doing their best to stay focused on Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia – a crucial competition for two 6-7 clubs who are fighting for one of the last NFC Wilds. Playoff spots.
“I don’t think it’s been a big distraction for our guys,” Rivera said. “I know the only thing is that with this we took some guys off the list. So that was a plus. I think some guys handled it pretty well. The extra days I think our guys took advantage of it.