(WFRV) – The Packers placed both kicker Mason Crosby, tight end Jace Sternberger, and defensive lineman Treyvon Hester on the COVID-19/reserve list on Thursday.
Crosby, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, is heading into his 14th season with the Packers. Last season was one of Crosby’s best in the green and gold after making more than 91% of his kicks.
Jace Sternberger missed much of last season due to injury, but was coming on late in the year. That includes catching a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers late in the NFC Championship game against San Francisco.
Some of the first results for coronavirus testing involving veterans were expected to be reported to teams on Thursday.
The NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list is for players that have tested positive or have been in close proximity to someone with the virus. Teams do not report if a player is in quarantine or tested positive themselves.
Veteran players began testing for the virus on Monday, and Tuesday of this week. Players must test negative on days one and two, isolate for day three, and test negative again on day for before they are able to enter the facility for equipment fitting.
Packers claim fullback off waivers
The Packers had an open roster spot after wide receiver Devin Funchess opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. They chose to add to their backfield heading into camp by claiming fullback John Lovett off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lovett played quarterback in college at Princeton, but made the switch to fullback in the NFL after signing with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent last season.
The Packers did show some interest in Lovett by bringing him in for a predraft visit in 2019.
Currently the Packers have two other fullbacks, both undrafted free agents, on the roster with Elijah Wellman and Jordan Jones. They also drafted tight end Josiah Deguara in the third round, and will likely use him as an h-back in Matt LaFleur’s offense.