Four Bills tight ends placed on COVID list ahead of Week 7

Sal Capaccio
October 24, 2020 - 5:39 pm

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Saturday. Knox, along with fellow tight ends Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, and Nate Becker were all subsequently placed on the league’s Reserve/Covid-19 list, due to having close contact with Knox. Becker is on the practice squad and Sweeney is on the reserve/PUP list, so only Knox and Smith are taken off the 53-man active roster.

The team’s game at the New York Jets on Sunday is still on schedule.

That leaves the Bills with two active roster tight ends to play in the game, Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam.

According to league rules, the Bills are allowed to activate players from the practice squad in order to take the place of any active players placed on Reserve/Covid. They are also allowed two weekly practice squad elevations each week, giving them four total or this game. Linebacker Andre Smith, cornerback Dane Jackson, wide receiver Duke Williams, and offensive lineman Jordan Devey were all elevated on Saturday.

The team also announced that linebacker Tyrel Dodson was placed on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury.  That moves leaves one open roster spot, which could eventually be used for offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, who is eligible to return from Injured Reserve.  Dodson will now have tombs at least the next three games.

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