The hits keep coming for the Washington Football Team, just when it seemed the worst of the club's COVID-19 outbreak was in the past.
All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, the club announced on Monday.
As a result, Scherff will almost certainly miss Washington's game on Tuesday in Philadelphia -- a matchup that was postponed two days originally due to an outbreak among Washington's players.
This past weekend, the NFL updated its COVID-19 protocols in response to the nationwide increase in cases, largely due to the new highly-contagious Omicron variant. The new protocols are designed to allow vaccinated, asymptomatic players to return to play quicker than before. Previously, vaccinated players had to test negative for the virus twice 24 hours apart and have no symptoms. The protocols have not changed for unvaccinated players, who continue to be tested daily.
Scherff's absence is a big loss for Washington, as the offensive line is already down multiple starters due to injury and COVID protocols. Who will replace Scherff in the starting lineup is yet to be determined, but the nod could go to second-year pro Saahdiq Charles should rookie tackle Sam Cosmi be able to return this week. Jamil Douglas, who Washington claimed off waivers last Monday, could see action as well.
It's not all bad news for Washington, though, as defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Washington currently has 16 players on the virus list, including quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.