The Buffalo Bills have added wide receiver Jake Kumerow to their COVID-19 reserve list, after he either tested positive for the coronavirus or was a close contact of someone who did. Kumerow joins Mitchell Trubisky, Jake Fromm, and Tanner Gentry, who were all placed on the list in the last week.
It can take somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-7 days for a person exposed to COVID to manifest symptoms or test positive for the virus. While Fromm and Gentry landed on the reserve list seven days ago, Trubisky was placed there on Saturday, and Kumerow joined the group three days later. Kumerow played one offensive snap and 14 special teams snaps in Buffalo’s 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
So far, Buffalo’s COVID outbreak has managed to avoid reaching any starters, but it’s a bit worrying to see half the quarterbacks out of the picture. And the wide receiver room, of course, has Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, neither of whom were vaccinated at the start of the season (and presumably, neither of whom is vaccinated right now). If a vaccinated player tests positive for COVID, he can return to action in only a few days as long as he’s symptom free. But an unvaccinated player is required to self-isolate for more than a week.