Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Donovan Smith Placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List

T Donovan Smith has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being in close proximity to a family member who has tested positive, as he explained in a statement…Smith will not play on Sunday in Atlanta

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed tackle Donovan Smith on the reserve/COVID-19 list and he will not be available to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, his club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player's medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.

However, the team released a statement from Smith clarifying his status:

Smith has started all 13 games at left tackle for the Buccaneers in 2020 and has only missed one start since being drafted in the second round in 2015. The Bucs currently rank third in the NFL in sacks-allowed-per-pass play and have only allowed 16 total sacks of quarterback Tom Brady in 2020.

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