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.