Lions have 7 players on COVID list before playing Broncos

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Dec 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-11 19:27:00-05

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions put cornerbacks Ifeatu Melifonwu and Mark Gilbert and linebacker Tavante Beckett on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The moves Saturday put seven players on the list and they join running back Jamaal Williams, safety Tracy Walker, cornerback Bobby Price and center Evan Brown.

Detroit (1-10-1) promoted a slew of players from the practice squad to potentially play Denver (6-6) on Sunday. Running back Craig Reynolds was added off the practice squad to add depth at the depleted position with D’Andre Swift already ruled out for a second straight game with a shoulder injury.

The Lions listed many players as questionable on the injury report with an illness, including starting offensive linemen Penei Sewell, Jonah Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai and key players on defense, including linebacker Charles Harris.

First-year coach Dan Campbell called off practice on Wednesday, citing a flu bug and insisting the team wasn’t dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, coming off Detroit’s first win of the season.