NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed backup quarterback Jameis Winston on the club's COVID-19 reserve list.
The move leaves the Saints with two active QBs for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It comes a day after the Saints moved quarterback Drew Brees from injured reserve to the active roster but also waived reserve QB Trevor Siemian.
The COVID-19 reserve list is for players who’ve had a positive test for the coronavirus or were discovered to have had close contact with an infected person.
Winston has played sparingly this season, with most of his action coming in the second half of a victory over San Francisco which Brees left at halftime because of fractured ribs and a punctured lung. But Winston's lack of availability could affect how the Saints deploy versatile QB Taysom Hill.
When Winston is available and Brees is starting, the Saints not only use Hill as a change-of-pace read-option QB, but also play Hill at tight end and on special teams.
With Hill now the only active QB behind Brees, there is more risk in having Hill play multiple roles that expose him to contact.
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