The number of Falcons players on the new reserve/COVID-19 list increased again today. The Falcons announced backup quarterback Danny Etling and starting defensive tackle Tyeler Davison are now on the list.
While we are unsure if either player has tested positive for the coronavirus, players are undergoing daily testing for the virus that has already infected at least 4.5 million Americans. The players will be unable to return until passing multiple coronavirus tests.
Also on the reserve/COVID-19 list is rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins, starting fullback Keith Smith, and backup safety Jamal Carter. The coronavirus can cause health problems that may keep these players from training and getting in game shape, but may keep them from part of training camp for needed reps as they go through quarantine.
The designation makes things even tougher for players that will be fighting for a roster spot, such as Etling. Even assuming no lingering health concerns, which is a poor assumption as even young people diagnosed with the coronavirus have lingering heart and lung problems, it becomes even harder to make an impression on the coaching staff.
We wish both players a healthy and speedy return to the team.