For the first time, the Seattle Seahawks have a player on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Second-year wide receiver John Ursua was placed on that list on Sunday. Seattle was previously one of six teams that hadn’t had any player on the Reserve/COVID-19 list since training camp began two weeks ago.
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Ursua’s placement here means that either he tested positive for COVID-19 or he’s in quarantine because he was in close contact with someone who has the virus. Teams won’t disclose whether a player has tested positive. Players on the list don’t count against their team’s active roster limit while on reserve. That means the Seahawks have an open roster spot at 79 players.
The 26-year-old was a “preseason star” of sorts in his rookie season, earning his spot on the 53-man roster. He spent much of the year as a healthy scratch, only receiving a handful of snaps in the regular season and postseason. His first career catch nearly gave the Seahawks the lead in the Week 17 finale against the San Francisco 49ers, but he came up just a yard short and you know the rest of the story from there.
It’s been expected that Ursua would compete for a spot higher up on the depth chart, but while he’s on the list he won’t be participating in any team activities. There is no specified time length for when one can be removed from the list.