The Bucs have announced that they’ve placed linebacker Kevin Minter and practice squad receiver Travis Jonsen on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Minter is the backup linebacker behind Lavonte David and Devin White and is also a team captain for the second year in a row because of his role on special teams. His contributions in that area have been integral as he’s one of the most important players on the Bucs roster in that part of the game during the four seasons that he’s been in Tampa Bay.

Jonsen is in his second year on the Bucs practice squad.

In order to get back onto the roster, a vaccinated player must stay asymptomatic, along with having two negative tests that are 25 hours apart. The entire Bucs roster and coaching staff is 100 percent vaccinated.

Since it’s early in the week on a Monday, there’s still a chance that Minter could be ready by Sunday’s game on the road against the Rams.

This is actually the second time that Minter has been on the COVID list as he missed the Bucs divisional playoff win against the Saints last season.

If Minter were unable to go, that would make for an increased role on special teams for rookie linebackers K.J. Britt and Grant Stuard. Britt was taken in the fifth round out of Auburn, while Stuard played his college football at Houston and got the “Mr. Irrelevant” monicker as the last pick in the NFL draft.

Both players have seeing a role on special teams to start their careers with Britt making two tackles and Stuard registering one so far through two games.

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fredster
1 month ago

So much for 100 vaxxed Bucs. But hey it makes it milder….that’s the argument to vax everyone on the planet anyways. Like it’s not mild for elite athletes in 20’s and 30’s regardless.

bucballer
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

I’m going to skip the obvious political comments and just say as a Buc fan u want 100% players vaccinated on ur favorite team because the NFL has imposed stricter standards for those players not yet vaccinated This can, potentially, affect ur team in the win/loss column if the right player is forced to sit due to NFL COVID policy and procedures

Last edited 1 month ago by bucballer
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

A positive test does not actually mean an infection. The rapid testing protocols that are used by the NFL have a false positive rate that is very high – approaching 50%. Therefore additional testing is called for, typically the much more accurate test that requires three days to analyze. Even the longer test protocol can still have a false positive, but the rate is far lower – under 5%.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

What a giant scam this has become.

seat26
1 month ago

They’re probably both vaccinated. So hopefully it will be a short-term problem.

Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

The boosters according to Israelis last 12 days tops.

Runole
1 month ago

Just an observation but if the positive test is accurate, and all players have been vaccinated, it would appear that the vaccination is not only not keeping the Virus infection away but actually causing mutation and spreading the virus further. This issue needs to be resolved even though the vaccine lowers the danger from the virus it sure isn’t stopping the Virus!

Naplesfan
Reply to  Runole
1 month ago

Poppycock. You don’t understand how vaccines work. They do not serve as a physical barrier to virus particles, absolutely prevent getting any virus into your body, any more than a filter, such as a water filter or oil filter, prevents contamination from getting into your drinking water or your engine oil. A positive test result does not necessarily mean you are infected – it just means you have been exposed to the virus. What vaccines do is teach the body’s immune system how to recognize and neutralize incoming virus particles in order to prevent an out of control infection. That’s… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

These are not vaccines but experimental injections under EUA.