The Washington football team missed the taste of being at full power. On Thursday, they moved closer to return to normal.
The WFT have announced that they have activated guard Brandon Scherff and defensive tackle Daron Payne from the reserve / COVID-19 list. The two were placed in a protocol last week, although Payne said via social media that he had not tested positive for the virus.
Last weekend, Scherff was removed from Saturday practice in Richmond and placed on the roster shortly after testing positive. Earlier that week, he said he had not received the vaccine at that time.
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“It’s a personal decision for me,” Scherff told reporters last Friday while wearing a mask, a requirement for unvaccinated players. “It’s a personal decision for everyone. Nobody made a deal of it. We’re all here to play football and that’s what we do.
With Scherff and Payne back on the active roster, Washington only has two players left on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. One is offensive tackle David Sharpe and the other is wide receiver Curtis Samuel.
Washington had up to seven players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster earlier this week. Ahead of Payne and Scherff’s return, WFT activated offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, cornerback Chris Miller and defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis.
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WFT head coach Ron Rivera insisted on encouraging players to receive the vaccine. Earlier this training camp, Washington was among one of the lowest rates of players with at least one dose of the vaccine, falling to just over 70%.
According to ESPN’s John Keim, the team has increased their vaccination rate to 84% of their players with at least one shot going into the weekend.
“It was a good step in the right direction, and we continue to make progress,” Rivera said on Wednesday.
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