Over the weekend, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they placed safety Chris Cooper on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Due to his absence, a spot on the 80-man roster opened up so the team re-signed saftey J.J. Wilcox who tore his ACL during the first day of training camp in 2019.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Falcons announced that Cooper has been activated back to the roster and undrafted rookie offensive tackle Hunter Atkinson has been waived.
We have activated S Chris Cooper from the reserve/COVID-19 list and have waived OL Hunter Atkinson. https://t.co/cSQKXRCleh— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 11, 2020
If you’re slightly confused, yes, Cooper was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for approximately 3 days before re-joining the team. Due to league policy, NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether or not a player has tested positive for COVID-19 or is just being quarantined. Teams are are only allowed to comment on a player’s roster status, such as being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so we may never know if he actually had the illness or was just being quarantined for possibly coming into contact with someone who has it.
In a corresponding move the team waived local prospect offensive tackle Hunter Atkinson, who played at Georgia State. Atkinson was a two-time All-Conference selection at left tackle but was a long shot to actually make the roster, with a practice squad berth the most realistic possibility. This move bodes well for another undrafted rookie in offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk, who is now one of four offensive tackles currently on the roster.
The Falcons’ roster now sits at 80-players with fullback Keith Smith and defensive back Jamal Carter currently on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Once they’re ready to be activated to the roster, corresponding moves will need to be made.