Nearly two dozen rostered players on the Washington Football Team were sidelined at one point over the last two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols. Starting cornerback Kendall Fuller was one of them, as he was forced to miss Washington's 27-17 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Speaking with the media on Friday, Fuller gave a bit of insight as to what it’s like to be confined to the house during the pandemic.
“Just recovering in my house, just standing it mentally,” Fuller said. “Getting in on meetings, and just staying prepared for whenever I was able to come back out.”
Fuller was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday along with a few other Washington players. Still, there’s no substitute to having a full week of practice leading up to a huge divisional matchup on Sunday Night Football.
“You try to just keep your heart rate up and stuff like that [while you’re at home], but it’s definitely not like getting out on the field,” he said. “So I was excited to get back out here today, get out there on the field and practice.”
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke also missed Tuesday’s game in Philly due to COVID-19 protocols, and detailed his time while inactive. Shortness of breath was the main symptom for Heinicke, as he walked 20 feet with a laundry hamper and felt gassed. Fuller felt much of the same.
“You feel symptoms, you know,” Fuller said. “Just felt a little weak, you feel achy, just different stuff like that. You just try to plow through it and just keep on getting healthy.”
Fuller seems to have gotten past his symptoms, though, and says he's ready for Dallas on Sunday. Though Washington will be undermanned with William Jackson III and Landon Collins out with injury, Washington’s secondary will have to work around their absences.
“You gotta play the full game,” Fuller said. “It’s the end of the season, we gotta win, so you’re not worried. Just gotta go out there and compete.”