COVID-19 has struck the Bengals yet again.
On Wednesday, the team announced wide receiver Auden Tate and offensive lineman B.J. Finney were placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list. It’s unclear if one or both of them tested positive for the virus or if they were deemed to have been in close contract with someone who has the virus.
The team also returned cornerback Winston Rose to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list. Rose was placed on the list back on Nov. 11.
Now in his third season, Tate has recorded 14 catches for 150 yards in eight games (two starts) in 2020. While the numbers aren’t great, he’s still a valuable part of this offense thanks to his ridiculous length and ability to win jump-balls against just about anyone. That will be even more important now that Joe Burrow is out and Ryan Finley/Brandon Allen aren’t as accurate.
Tate was oftentimes Cincinnati’s best pass-catcher last season when he caught 40 balls for 575 yards and a touchdown in 12 games (10 starts).
As for Finney, he was part of the Bengals’ midseason trade of Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks. He’s only played one game thus far for Cincinnati. It was in the Week 10 loss to the Steelers when he logged just two special teams snaps.