Is Keenan Allen vaccinated? Chargers WR placed on covid-19/reserve list
By Jason Reed
It was reported on Monday that the LA Chargers were placing Keenan Allen on the covid-19/reserve list with a positive covid-19 test. This puts Allen's status up in the air for Sunday's Week 14 game against the New York Giants as well as next Thursday's Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs
This is not the first time that a Charger player has tested positive for covid-19 and has been put on the list. The first question that many fans have after hearing the news is whether or not Keenan Allen is vaccinated.
Luckily, not just for the team's sake but for the health of him and his family, it appears that Allen is indeed vaccinated, according to NFL Network's Taylor Biscoitti.
The protocol for vaccinated and unvaccinated players are different, as are the protocols for positive tests and close contacts. Two weeks ago Joey Bosa was placed on the covid-19/reserve list as he was an unvaccinated close contact to a player who tested positive. Bosa never tested positive and provided multiple negative tests and was able to play on Sunday.
How Keenan Allen can play for the LA Chargers in Week 14 since he is vaccinated:
There are two boxes that Allen has to check if he is going to return in Week 14 against the New York Giants. Since he is vaccinated, Allen just has to provide two negative covid-19 tests (24 hours apart) as well as be asymptomatic for 48 hours. That is much better than the alternative, which would have been a minimum of 10 days away from the Chargers.
If that was the case then Allen would be far-fetched to play in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Since he is vaccinated, there is a good chance that he will be able to produce the two negative tests as well as have two full days of being asymptomatic.
Potentially being without Keenan Allen in Week 14 is not a massive blow. The Chargers do not have the toughest of opponents in the New York Giants, who might be forced to start Jake Fromm in the game.
Obviously, the Chargers are better with Allen in the game but they can beat Jake Fromm and the New York Giants without him. Allen will play a huge role against the Kansas City Chiefs, however, and the Chargers need all hands on deck to beat the Chiefs a second time. The Chiefs have not lost both games against a divisional opponent since 2014.
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We here at Bolt Beat wish Keenan Allen a safe and speedy recovery.