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Montez Sweat tests positive for COVID-19, won’t play for Washington vs. Cowboys in Week 14

Orignally published on 2021-12-08 16:36:47 by www.cbssports.com

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The Washington Football Team will not be getting Montez Sweat back on the field this week after all. The Football Team announced on Wednesday that it has placed Sweat on the reserve/COVID-19 list.  

Sweat has been out since Week 8, when he suffered a fractured jaw during the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos. He was initially set to potentially return from injured reserve this week against Dallas, but instead he will be out for the big divisional matchup. 

Per a report from NFL.com, Sweat is unvaccinated, which means he will have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. That gives him just enough time to potentially make his return in Week 15 against the Eagles, though it might be difficult for him to play after not having practiced at all this week or next after having been out since Week 8. 

During the offseason, Sweat spoke about why he was unvaccinated and how he did not support the team’s efforts to convince players to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “I haven’t caught COVID yet,” Sweat said at the time. “I don’t see me treating COVID until I actually get COVID.” 

Sweat was apparently unaware that vaccines are not used to treat COVID-19, but to reduce the likelihood of contracting, transmitting, or experiencing symptoms if one does contract COVID-19. 

Washington coach Ron Rivera, a cancer survivor who is immunocompromised and thus more vulnerable to extreme outcomes if he were to contract the virus, said at the time that he respected Sweat’s decision, even if he disagreed with it. “I’m not going to go at anybody and denigrate them because they have a difference of opinion,” Rivera said. “The young man has got to make his own decision.”

Orignally published on 2021-12-08 16:36:47 by www.cbssports.com

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