Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard could not wait to get again to operate Thursday.
He has even even bigger options for Sunday.
Considerably less than three hrs just after team officials activated the two-time All-Pro and two other starters from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Leonard explained how tricky it was to pass up Saturday’s sport at Arizona — and how eager he is to confront the Las Vegas Raiders this weekend.
“Actually, I examined negative that morning and then most likely close to 1 or 2 is when I examined optimistic,” he stated even though wearing a mask on a video contact with reporters Thursday. “I bought on a plane journey back again household about 7 and now we’re here. I really feel great.”
That’s fantastic information for the Colts, who had 6 starters which include Leonard out due to the fact of the virus previous weekend and would have been severely shorter-handed Sunday if the NFL hadn’t diminished the isolation period from 10 times to five.
Less than the earlier guideline, Leonard would have skipped this week’s video game, as well.
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In its place, all six starters who missed the Arizona game since of the virus have been activated above the past two times. It is nonetheless unclear regardless of whether quarterback Carson Wentz or proper tackle Braden Smith will distinct the protocols ahead of Sunday.
But no person missed the recreation far more than the passionate Leonard, who uses any slight as commitment. And now the masterful takeaway artist has even bigger strategies for Sunday — clinching a playoff spot by beating the Raiders.
“That surely sucked — heading residence, not staying equipped to go out there and complete with my fellas, not being in a position to see my loved ones, not currently being in a position to watch the sport completely,” he stated. “Thank God, they transformed the rule. I’m back, I’m experience fantastic and I’m prepared to rock ‘n’ roll.”
The Denver Broncos canceled practice Thursday as they retested five gamers whose effects confirmed the two optimistic and negative results. They held digital conferences and planned to broaden Friday’s follow to make up for the lost time on the subject.
“The choice was built simply because we have some positives currently. Some may possibly be bogus positives. We’re doing the job as a result of that,” coach Vic Fangio said. “We’ll come out with the record in this article later on right now (with who) might be on it.
“I just felt that we required to hit the pause button, get our fingers close to what we’ve acquired below as much as numbers and roster and we’re heading to keep the meeting listed here this afternoon alternatively of working towards and the hope is tomorrow to have a great practice on Friday and Saturday and go out there and get us a W.”
Soon after confirming infections, the Broncos put four gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, such as two starters in nickel back again Bryce Callahan and appropriate tackle Bobby Massie. The some others are backup exterior linebacker Stephen Weatherly and reserve cornerback/particular groups ace Mike Ford.
The Broncos (7-8) go to the Chargers (8-7) Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Broncos activated starting up heart Lloyd Cushenberry III off the reserve/COVID-19 list and placed large receiver Tim Patrick, swing tackle Calvin Anderson and backup safety Caden Sterns on the virus record alongside with follow squad broad receiver Tyrie Cleveland.
— Browns centre JC Tretter, the NFL Players Affiliation president, was activated from the COVID-19 reserve record as Cleveland obtained a tiny more healthy heading into its Monday night time match at Pittsburgh.
Tretter, whose tenure as president has spanned the epidemic, skipped last week’s loss at Environmentally friendly Bay just after tests optimistic. He had not skipped a snap given that signing with the Browns in 2017 after 3 seasons with the Packers.
Browns rookie cornerback Greg Newsome, who experienced also been in concussion protocol, returned alongside with kicker Chase McLaughlin.
— Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth arrived off the reserve/COVID-19 listing, getting the closing starter to leave a listing that has had at least 35 Rams more than the earlier thirty day period.
Los Angeles’ COVID-19 difficulties forced the two-day postponement of their activity from Seattle two weeks back, but Whitworth’s return to follow leaves wounded functioning back Raymond Calais as the only player on the Rams’ checklist.
The 40-12 months-outdated Whitworth went on the checklist on Christmas early morning, and he missed the Rams’ 30-23 earn at Minnesota. Guard David Edwards and undrafted rookie Alaric Jackson filled in for Whitworth at still left deal with.
— The New York Jets obtained four starters back again from the COVID-19 record as remaining guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, suitable guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, defensive end John Franklin-Myers and security Ashtyn Davis ended up all activated.
Apply squad broad receiver Vyncint Smith and defensive end Hamilcar Rashed Jr. ended up also restored to the exercise squad from the practice squad/COVID-19 record.
Managing back Tevin Coleman and defensive back again Zane Lewis, now on IR, were additional to the listing. The Jets had as lots of as 25 players on the COVID-19 listing earlier this week, in addition coach Robert Saleh, who returned to the staff Wednesday. New York was down to 13 on the listing Thursday evening.
— The New York Giants had some additional motion on their COVID-19 listing. Starting up ideal deal with Nate Solder was taken off the listing just after a 7 days. He is ramping up in hopes of returning Sunday versus the Bears in Chicago. Matt Peart commenced for him final 7 days and experienced an ACL harm. Korey Cunningham, who changed Peart, was additional to the COVID-19 list together with receiver Darius Slayton and exercise squad linebacker Omari Cobb. They will join defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Danny Shelton and defensive back again Julian Enjoy on the COVID-19 record.
— The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Nick Vigil on the reserve/Covid-19 listing.
— The Cincinnati Bengals returned defensive deal with D.J. Reader and defensive conclusion Wyatt Ray to the energetic roster from the reserve/COVID-19 listing. Each players experienced been on listing due to the fact Dec. 25.
— Seattle positioned setting up still left guard Damien Lewis on the reserve/COVID-19 record. He’s the 3rd player on the virus record for Seattle together with defensive end L.J. Collier and cornerback Bless Austin.
— The Titans got their 3rd starting offensive lineman back again from the reserve/COVID-19 record in as numerous days with appropriate guard Nate Davis activated. Rookie defensive back again Caleb Farley also was eradicated from that checklist, but he remains on injured reserve.
— The Eco-friendly Bay Packers activated wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling off the reserve/COVID-19 record and signed extensive receiver David Moore to the practice squad.
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated defensive lineman Rakeem Nuñez-Roches from the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
— The Houston Texans positioned large receiver Danny Amendola on the reserve/COVID-19 listing and positioned defensive back A.J. Moore Jr. on the list.
— The Carolina Panthers extra protection Kenny Robinson, defensive finish Darryl Johnson and practice squad working again Reggie Bonnafon to the COVID-19 record.
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