DBs Siran Neal, Dane Jackson placed on Reserve/Covid list

July 30, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Buffalo Bills defenisve backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson were both placed on team's Reserve/Covid list today, bringing the total number to five players who have been placed on the list. Neal, a special teams standout and backup defenisve back, is going into his third season, while Jackson was a sixth round draft pick out of Pittsburgh.

In addition to Neal and Jackson, the team had already placed wide receiver Duke Williams, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, and undrafted rookie cornerback Ike Brown on the Reserve/Covid list. All players on the list can return to the team as soon as they pass the league's testing protocols. In the meantime, they will not count against the team's active roster, which now stands at 80 players, not counting these five.

While being placed on the Reserve/Covid list can mean that a player either tested positive or was in close contact with someone who did, the Bills confirmed to ESPN that five players have tested positive, and provided the following statement: "As we were informed by medical experts as training camp opened, we expected to have positive tests for COVID," the team said in a statement to ESPN. "With 5 since the beginning of the testing period last Tuesday, we decided to take a disciplined, proactive and preventative approach to hopefully eliminate additional cases within our team."

According to ESPN, Neal's test was first negative, then positive.

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