Current Dolphins running back and former Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry has been placed on the NFL's COVID-19 reserve list, the team announced on Monday.
We have been awarded CB Picasso Nelson Jr. off waivers from Indianapolis. We have also activated LB Jerome Baker off the reserve/COVID-19* list and placed RB Malcolm Perry on the list.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 3, 2020
The COVID-19 list is a designation for NFL players who have either tested positive for the virus or must quarantine after being in close contact with someone who had contracted coronavirus. The league's protocols require teams to not disclose the reason behind the player's placement on the reserve list.
Perry, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Dolphins, rose to prominence during his collegiate career at Navy. Though he's now a running back in the league, Perry shined at quarterback for the Midshipmen. However, he rarely threw the football.
In three seasons as a starter, Perry rushed for over 1,000 yards during each campaign as he was the focal point of Navy's option offense. His 2019 season was something out of a video game as he ran for 2,017 yards and 21 touchdowns. Perry originally declared for the draft as a wide receiver but has now found a place as a runner with Miami.
Positive coronavirus tests in the NFL don't come as a surprise, as the league has seen numerous players placed on the reserve list of the last week or so as teams report to training camp. Players have until Thursday, August 6, to decide if they want to opt out of the season.
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