Dawson Knox tests positive for COVID-19; three other tight ends placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker all had close contact with Knox
By WGR 550 SportsRadio

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Saturday.

Knox, along with fellow tight ends Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, and Nate Becker were all subsequently placed on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list, due to having close contact with Knox. Becker is on the practice squad and Sweeney is on the reserve/PUP list, so only Knox and Smith are taken off the 53-man active roster.

The team’s game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday is still on as scheduled.

That leaves the Bills with two active roster tight ends to play in Sunday's game: Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam.

According to league rules, the Bills are allowed to activate players from the practice squad in order to take the place of any active players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. They are also allowed two weekly practice squad elevations each week, giving them four total for this game.

Linebacker Andre Smith, cornerback Dane Jackson, wide receiver Duke Williams, and offensive lineman Jordan Devey were all elevated on Saturday.

The team also announced that linebacker Tyrel Dodson was placed on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. That moves leaves one open roster spot, which could eventually be used for offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, who is eligible to return from I.R. Dodson will now be out for at least the next three games.

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