Jaguars close facility and place 12 practice-squad players, Josh Mauro on reserve/COVID-19 list

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing 13 players — including 12 practice-squad players — on the reserve/COVID-19 list after one player tested positive on Friday.

RB Nathan Cottrell, TE Ben Ellefson, LB Nate Evans, LB Joe Giles-Harris, WR Terry Godwin, WR Josh Hammond, OT Jared Hilbers, OL K.C. McDermott, DB Doug Middleton, DB Josh Nurse, OT Austin Pleasants, and WR Trey Quinn were placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list. DE Josh Mauro, who just finished serving a five-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances and was still on the exempt list, was placed on the regular reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Jaguars have practice-squad players sit together and apart from the players on the active roster during team meetings.

The Jaguars are scheduled to play host to Detroit at 1 p.m. ET at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday and the team said in a statement they are still planning to play the game.

The Jaguars closed their facility on Saturday after the practice-squad player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. The team said it consulted with the NFL and is following league protocols and is conducting football activities remotely. That the player had tested positive and was given a point-of-care (POC) test to confirm the positive result.

This is the first positive test for a Jaguars player since running back Ryquell Armstead was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sept. 5

In other Jaguars news, wide receiver DJ Chark is likely to play against the Lions, but Jacksonville first wants him to test his injury pregame before making any final decisions, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Coach Doug Marrone listed Chark as questionable for the game with an ankle injury.



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