RICHMOND, Va. — The Washington Football Team’s reserve/COVID-19 list got a little more crowded on Saturday, as offensive linemen Brandon Scherff and David Sharpe were each placed on it.
They join Cornelius Lucas, Curtis Samuel, Matt Ioannidis and Chris Miller on the list.
Scherff was spotted at the start of Saturday’s practice before being pulled off of the field by the team’s training staff.
After the session, Ron Rivera took to the podium to once again express his concern about Washington’s vaccination rates, which have been reportedly among the lowest in the league.
“I’ve gotten the sense that there are some guys that have dug in so hard for so long that they’re not going to back down,” he said.
However, he is optimistic that more players will get the shot on Sunday as they return to the organization’s main facility in Ashburn, Va.
“We’ve had guys that have asked, so we’ve set something up,” he said. “We’ll see if they show up and follow through."
Rivera noted that he hopes the recent additions to the list will show the locker room how prevalent the virus still is, how losing guys will put the team at a disadvantage and more.
Rivera even looked ahead to Washington’s opening stretch of the 2021 season, where they open on a Sunday against the Chargers and then turn right around to square off with the Giants on a Thursday. Should a player have an issue with COVID at that juncture, he would miss both of those contests depending on when he first enters protocols.
Earlier this week Rivera, a cancer survivor who is immunodeficient, voiced his frustration with the low vaccination rate.
“I’m truly frustrated,” he said on Tuesday. “I’m beyond frustrated.”