Pair of NFL tight ends put on COVID list, Bills’ Kroft tests positive, Steelers’ Ebron comes in high-risk contact
Even though both the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers are pretty much set going into the playoffs without much to play for, players going into COVID protocols in Week 17 is bad news. Bills tight end Tyler Kroft actually tested positive for coronavirus and is now ineligible to play in Week 17 and in the Wild Card Round. While the Bills don’t really use many tight-end sets and mostly go with four wide receivers, Dawson Knox stands to benefit the most from Kroft’s absence. Neither TE is a recommended fantasy play.
Eric Ebron, on the other hand, can be a very productive fantasy tight end. Unfortunately, the Steelers pass-catcher came into contact with teammate Joe Haden who has tested positive. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Pittsburgh put Ebron on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday after learning of the contact. Unlike Kroft, Ebron could still play in the Steelers wildcard game. As long as the big tight end continues to test negative, he will be available for the playoffs’ first round. If Ebron can’t go, Vance McDonald will get the call. McDonald had an extremely productive 2018 season with the Steelers when he caught a career-high 50 balls for 610 yards.
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