NFL COVID-19 tracker, Week 16: Austin Ekeler, Brandin Cooks among more than 150 players on COVID list

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the NFL. Since the start of last week, 213 players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. That’s almost 10% of the league.

Dozens of high-profile players have missed games this season after testing positive for the virus, and more players will undoubtedly miss time during the final three weeks of the 2021 regular season.

Fifty-one players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, including three starters from the Chiefs (TE Travis Kelce, K Harrison Butker, CB Charvarius Ward) and seven Chargers players, including C Corey Linsley and DE Joey Bosa. There’s also a chance that the Lions could be without quarterback Jared Goff, who went on COVID reserve after tossing three touchdowns in a big upset win over the Cardinals last Sunday.

On Tuesday, 21 players were added to COVID reserve because of positive tests, per Pelissero. The Chiefs are the latest team to have an outbreak, as seven more players were added to the COVID list, including starters Tyreek Hill, Nick Bolton, Rashad Fenton and Lucas Niang. That brings the total to 13 ahead of Kansas City’s home showdown with the Steelers on Sunday. The Bills will also reportedly be without one of their offensive weapons for a monumental AFC East showdown with the Patriots. Cole Beasley went on the COVID list and is unvaccinated, per Pelissero, meaning he has to isolate for 10 days. 

Here’s an updated look at each team’s current COVID-19 situation as we head into Week 16, specifically which players are on COVID reserve: 

(NOTE: This list does not include players on practice squad or injured…

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