Despite ushering in the new year 2021, the norm of living adapted from last year continues as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reality is that the deadly virus is far from over out of our lives, and going back to the way of life we used to, isn’t happening anytime soon. The fact remains that the COVID-19 pandemic is the new norm of life and everyone better get used to it by preventing oneself and others from contracting the virus.
In doing so, you need to wear a face mask, keep a distance and sanitize your hands every time to mitigate the virus’s spread within ourselves either at the workplace, shopping centers, or in our neighborhoods.
As the regular-season finale approaches, teams deal with the headaches of injuries and the COVID-19 positive tests among their players, coaches, and staff members. The pressure is amounting for teams to cut in the playoffs. And nightmares for the head coaches in determining how to go about it after having injuries on their squad.
New Orleans Saints are the best example for this, as they prepare for their Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers. Their entire running back on the team’s active roster has been ruled for that matchup due to being in close contact with teammate Alvin Kamara who already is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
However, none of them tested positive for the coronavirus, and they will be back in the team next week, but as for Kamara, that won’t be the case as he tested positive for the COVID-19 he is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Saints head coach Sean Payton will have a hard time determining who to replace Alvin Kamara with ahead of their Sunday game, as his entire running backs squad is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers, the Saints will likely put their hopes on former running back and now wide receiver Ty Montgomery, quarterback Taysom Hill and rookie running back Tony Jones.
Also, they will need to be creative on offense since they are without 3 of their top receivers who are on the injured reserve, namely;
- Tre’Quan Smith with an ankle injury
- Michael Thomas with an ankle injury
- Deonte Harris with a neck injury
In preparations for their Sunday game, the Saints have elevated seven players from their practice squad to the active roster:
- Wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Lil’Jordan Humphrey
- Running back Tony Jones Jr.
- Tight end Garrett Griffin
- Linebackers Andrew Dowell and Chase Hansen
- Cornerback Grant Haley
The New Orleans Saints become the second team in the NFL in just one week to have their entire position group unavailable for a game. After last Sunday’s game for the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets, the Browns were without their entire wide receiver group.
New Orleans Saints are optimistic that they will clinch a win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday despite their troubles.
Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.