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NFL: Washington QB Taylor Heinicke joins long COVID list

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Starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke joined the Washington Football Team’s expansive reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

The confirmed addition of Heinicke and reported additions of running back Wendell Smallwood and defensive end Daniel Wise brings the team’s total to 24 players placed in the NFL’s health and safety protocols this week.

That number includes backup quarterback Kyle Allen, leaving Washington with only practice squad signal-callers Kyle Shurmur and Jordan Ta’amu and the newly acquired Garrett Gilbert.

Washington signed Gilbert off the New England Patriots’ practice squad on Friday.

Some players in the protocols have since been activated, including center Keith Ismael on Friday.

There’s a chance Heinicke could play Sunday when Washington (6-7) visits NFC East rival Philadelphia (6-7).

Under the revised protocols implemented by the NFL on Thursday, fully vaccinated players or staff can “test out” of the protocols under one of three complex testing scenarios and with the provision they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours.

Heinicke, 28, has completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 2,931 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games (12 starts) this season.

Shurmur, 25, never has appeared in an NFL game. Neither has Ta’amu, 24, who signed with Washington on Wednesday.

Gilbert, 30, made one start last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He passed for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

–Field Level Media

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