As the Chicago Bulls roster is decimated by players entering the health and safety protocols, here's an update of the rest of those who are under Covid monitoring.
Half of the Chicago Bulls roster on health and safety protocols
The Bulls are in danger of missing games if two of the remaining nine active players on the roster enter the Covid protocols. The league allows teams to have at least eight active players miss games due to postponement.
So far, the Bulls players on the sideline are Zach LaVine, Troy Brown Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr., Matt Thomas, DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, and Javonte Green. Green and White are expected to be cleared as early as December 14, followed by DeRozan and Matt Thomas. This reflects the gravity of the situation and how serious the league is in ensuring all players and fans are safe, even if that means postponing games.
Full list of players on NBA health and safety protocols
Several NBA players have missed games due to Covid scare. Some eventually contracted the virus, while some were false positives, like LeBron James. Here are the rest of the players in health and safety protocols now, per CBS Sports.
- Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
- Troy Brown Jr., Chicago Bulls
- Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors
- RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
- Obi Toppin, New York Knicks
- Josh Richardson, Boston Celtics
- Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards
- Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls
- Stanley Johnson, Chicago Bulls
- Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
- DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
- LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
- Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets
- Ish Smith, Charlotte Hornets
- Mason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets
- Jalen McDaniels, Charlotte Hornets
- Coby White, Chicago Bulls
- Javonte Green, Chicago Bulls
- Austin Rivers, Denver Nuggets
- Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers
- Matt Thomas, Chicago Bulls
- Derrick Jones Jr., Chicago Bulls
The adverse effects of Covid can't be undermined, especially after Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid revealed some lingering effects after recovering from it. Even though a player is eventually negative, the time spent away from practice turns them off the loop.
A player exposed to Covid must sit out at least ten days and submit two negative PCR tests. Here's to hoping all the players on the list recover and get back to action sooner than later.