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Bruce Arians, other Bucs on COVID list could be back vs. Jets

Thanks to new guidelines, players and coaches who test positive for the virus may return after five days if they’re asymptomatic.
Thanks to new COVID-19 guidelines, it's possible Bucs coach Bruce Arians and others who recently tested positive may be back in time for Sunday's game at the Jets.
Thanks to new COVID-19 guidelines, it's possible Bucs coach Bruce Arians and others who recently tested positive may be back in time for Sunday's game at the Jets. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 29, 2021|Updated Dec. 29, 2021

TAMPA — Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who missed Sunday’s 32-6 win at Carolina with a foot injury, was back at practice Wednesday during the portion open to the media but was listed as a non-participant on the injury report later in the day.

Breshad Perriman, who missed two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, was a limited participant along with fellow receiver Antonio Brown (ankle). Punter Bradley Pinion (hip), cornerback Richard Sherman (Achilles) and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) also did not participate.

The Bucs are without head coach Bruce Arians, receiver Mike Evans, cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting and receivers coach Kevin Garver after all tested positive for the virus.

In Arians’ absence, assistant head coach Harold Goodwin has taken over his duties.

Evans still is recovering from a hamstring injury. But the new COVID-19 protocols adopted by the NFL and the players union make it possible for Arians and others to be back by Sunday’s game against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to shorten the period of isolation for those infected with coronavirus from 10 days to five days if asymptomatic, the NFL is giving vaccinated and unvaccinated players a chance to return after five days.

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