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Lions add 7th player—TE Isaac Nauta—to reserve/COVID-19 list

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Nauta is the 7th player to be put on COVID-19/reserve.

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The names just keep coming.

The official transaction report for Thursday is out, and it turns out cornerback Justin Coleman isn’t the only Detroit Lions player being added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Second-year tight end Isaac Nauta is also on the list. It’s not clear at the moment if Nauta has tested positive or if he has come into close contact with someone who is infected.

With T.J. Hockenson already on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Lions will enter training camp down two of their tight ends. That leaves just Jesse James, Matt Sokol, and undrafted rooked Hunter Bryant on the active list for the start of camp.

Of course, Nauta and Hockenson could come off the list as early as five days, depending on if they tested positive, are asymptomatic and can clear future COVID-19 tests.

While none of that is clear right now, one thing is for certain: the Lions will open training camp fairly shorthanded. This is now seven players that will start on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • TE Isaac Nauta
  • TE T.J. Hockenson
  • WR Kenny Golladay
  • CB Justin Coleman
  • S Jalen Elliott
  • CB Amani Oruwariye
  • P Arryn Siposs