As players begin reporting for training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals have had one player land on the COVID-19-reserve list.
According to the Sunday transaction wire, defensive end Kendall Futrell has been placed on the list. He was one of six NFL players, four being from the AFC North, to land there.
Six NFL players have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per today’s transaction wire: pic.twitter.com/arAFUvJaAM— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2020
Being placed on the list means a player either tested positive for the virus or is being quarantined after having close contact with an infected person.
Futrell, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina this offseason, racked up 63 total tackles (37 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and one pass defense this past season. He had just 28 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks the previous three seasons.
At 6-2 and 226 pounds, Futrell is undersized for a 4-3 defensive end, so the Bengals are likely planning to give him reps at the end and outside linebacker. He was already facing long odds to make the Week 1 roster, and this setback will do him no favors.
But most importantly, here’s to hoping Futrell is safe and healthy during this time.