Harris was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Harris benefitted from the new rules outlined by the NFL and NFL Players Association earlier this week which now allow unvaccinated players to return in five days provided they were in isolation and are asymptomatic. The veteran cornerback has hardly been a playmaker during his tenure with the Chargers, but he's stabilized the slot cornerback position and has provided a wealth of leadership among a young core group of secondary players.
Harris has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and will play Sunday against the Giants. After being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week due to close contact with Keenan Allen, Harris was removed from the list as he tested negative for five straight days. The veteran corner is coming off a game in which he recorded his first interception of the season.
Harris (undisclosed) is expected to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play Sunday against the Giants, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports. Harris landed on the reserve list as an unvaccinated close contact after Keenan Allen tested positive for the virus Monday, and the cornerback is nearing the necessary five straight days with negative test results. Harris should be available for Week 14 if he continues to produce negative tests.
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Harris was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact of receiver Keenan Allen, who tested positive for the virus Monday, ESPN.com reports. Staley's acknowledgement that Harris is a close contact suggests the cornerback is unvaccinated, as vaccinated players are placed on the list only as a result of testing positive. Per the NFL's protocols for unvaccinated close contacts, Harris will be required to test negative for five days before he's eligible to rejoin the Chargers. Assuming the five-day count began Monday when Allen tested positive, Harris would be able to join the Chargers on Saturday, which would then give him a chance to be available for the team's Week 14 game against the Giants on Sunday.
The Chargers placed Harris on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. It's not yet clear whether Harris has tested positive for the virus or if he's been deemed a close contact of an infected person, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Giants up in the air. The veteran slot corner has tallied 26 tackles and an interception through nine appearances this season.
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|2||09/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||20|
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|17||01/01||Los Angeles Rams||29|