RICHMOND — After struggling to get players vaccinated, the Washington Football Team is having trouble containing the virus.
Washington placed All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff and tackle David Sharpe on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list — bringing the franchise’s total to six players who are now sidelined in training camp because of protocols. In addition to the two linemen, wide receiver Curtis Samuel, cornerback Chris Miller, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and tackle Cornelius Lucas are on the list. A player who goes on the list has either tested positive for the virus or has been deemed a close contact to someone who has it.
According to the NFL, 19 teams have at least 90% of their players receive one dose of the vaccine. But Washington’s percentage, by comparison, hovered around 60% as of last Monday, though the rate has since climbed to at least 70%.
Coach Ron Rivera said Saturday that more players received the vaccine this week, but when talking to reporters after practice, he expressed concern that the team’s overall number on the reserve list continues to increase.
“I mentioned it to our guys, Here’s is the what-if scenario: ‘What if this had been game day Sunday for the opener?” Rivera said. “Even though it’s contact tracing for some of them, that’s five days (sidelined). … To me, it brings the reality of what the rules are. I hope it helps. But again, these young men have to make…