Shaq, Devin White On COVID List, Out For Sunday

January 1st, 2021

[UPDATE 4:45 p.m.] This afternoon the Bucs announced that outside linebacker and NFL sack king Shaq Barrett, and inside linebacker Devin White, were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The designation means, per USA Today, a player either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected person or group of people.

The details are sketchy after that. Teams are not allowed to detail if a player tested positive or not.

At best, it means Shaq and White’s status for Sunday is in peril.

[UPDATE 4:28 p.m.] Both Shaq and White are ruled out for Tuesday. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, White tested positive for the virus. Shaq was in contact with someone with the virus.

[UPDATE 4:33 p.m.] Per Ian Rapoport, also of NFL Network, since White tested positive, he must isolate for 10 days minimum. That means, per Rapoport, White will “most likely” miss the Bucs’ first playoff game played since January 2008.

[UPDATE 4:45 p.m.] Additionally, per Scott Smith of, Steve McLendon, the primary backup at nose tackle who the Bucs acquired from the Jets just after Vita Vea was placed on injured reserve, was placed on the Reserve/COVID list. He too is unavailable for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

73 Responses to “Shaq, Devin White On COVID List, Out For Sunday”

  1. JustBucNwin Says:

    Here we go…

  2. Bangkok Buc Says:

    Oh boy………

  3. Nutterbuccer Says:

    The close contact thing boggles my mind. As long as a player tests negative should be good to go. 14 day quarantine was made up out of thin air when this all started. If you test negative should play. If hospitals and prisons(happen to to work in one) enacted the close contact quarantine nobody would be at work.

  4. Mike Says:

    Sunday is not in peril, Sunday is out. But if they tested positive they have to be out a mandatory 10 days and would miss playoff game

  5. Mitch Says:

    Bucs also signed Jack Cichy off of the patriots practice squad. This indicates to me that at least one of them (maybe Devin) tested positive.

  6. AlV Says:

    According to Shaq’s wife he tested negative. So it’s either contact tracing with Devin or he tested positive.

  7. Elita Vita Says:

    Say it isn’t so Joe(s)!!!

  8. Koryc Says:

    Playoffs!!! Stay the heck away from anyone!!!

  9. Memphis Buc fan Says:

    They wait until now to get careless.

  10. David Says:

    Ouch! Get them and everyone, healthy for the playoff game

  11. BA4President Says:

    Let’s hope they were in contact with someone who tested positive and simply have to sit out a few days to make sure they didn’t catch it. Please, please, please!!

    On a slightly less horrible note, if we lose them both for the wildcard game, at least their backups will have had the Falcons game to gel a little rather than going in cold.

  12. BA4President Says:

    @Memphis, that is rather presumptuous of you

  13. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water……

    Peace, out

  14. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Not good.

  15. Wesley Says:

    Thanks again Wuhan.

  16. NYC Bucs Says:

    Come on!!!! Nooooooooo!!!!!!

  17. Bucfan81 Says:

    Well there goes us winning our first playoff game in 13 plus years. Covid won

  18. aFEDupBUCfan Says:

    I said at the beginning of the season that if anyone catches it it will be Devin White, I can’t make this ish up smh careless careless smh welp there goes his first playoff game smmfgdh🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  19. Wesley Says:

    2021 is gonna make everyone miss 2020.

  20. Joe Says:

    it will be Devin White

    Because he got it from a horse?

  21. Mitch Says:

    Was it a confirmed positive test or could it still be a false positive somehow??

  22. gp Says:

    I hate the lack of information and don’t trust the “reporters” takes on it. Unless they’ve had contact with the players, how would they know? The privacy black-out is supposed to be pretty solid,

  23. BA4President Says:

    @Mitch, I don’t think they would have already put him on the Covid IR if there was a chance of it being a false positive

  24. spicoli Says:

    gp: Players and personnel wear mandatory proximity recording devices when at the club facility, during practices, and during team travel. Players also have them built into their equipment for use on-field in practice and games.

    This allows them to find out who was in close contact with one another.

  25. Memphis Buc fan Says:

    BA4President Says:
    January 1st, 2021 at 4:26 pm
    @Memphis, that is rather presumptuous of you

    Possibly but let me know how presumptuous it is next week.

  26. Joe Says:


    Apparently — team will not comment on it per NFL rules — White was a positive test.

  27. Zwak Says:

    [UPDATE 4:28 p.m.] Both Shaq and White are ruled out for Tuesday.

    Isn’t this game scheduled for Sunday at 1pm?

  28. TheBucsAnthem Says:


  29. JustBucNwin Says:

    2 thoughts…
    I hope this doesn’t create a domino affect and feel really bad for White missing his 1st playoff game after all the hard work this year. Let’s hope we get to round 2 and he gets his shot at post season glory!

  30. gp Says:

    That is the contact tracing protocol which comes into play *after* a positive test or report of possible contact. It definitely comes into play but cannot answer if or who has tested positive.

  31. Memphis Buc fan Says:

    Joe Says:
    January 1st, 2021 at 4:40 pm
    it will be Devin White

    Because he got it from a horse?

    No. Because he was the one that threw that big party with no social distancing, some months back. Didn’t seem to take it seriously then so….

  32. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Does this have anything to do with Bowles?

  33. JustBucNwin Says:

    Kamara just popped positive too. If this becomes a trend and more pop positive, I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL puts the playoffs on hold a week.

  34. AMI_Chris Says:

    It figures. The team gets through the season nearly unscathed by Covid and then picks the worst possible time to lose discipline. The Bucs will need to outscore Atlanta.

  35. Ed Says:

    In the short term if Barrett can play in the wildcard game it’s not a disaster since neither Daniel Jones, Andy Dalton or Alex Smith are elusive QB’s.

    Long term, if Bucs can win next 2 games and White can return for semifinals you really have to wonder how his recovery will be. I hope he can return to form and that he doesn’t get a severe case. Sure hope he doesn’t get too sick.

  36. Colin in Canada Says:

    Minter will step in and play well.

  37. Adrnagy Says:

    What do you expect it’s USA

  38. Adrnagy Says:

    You’re advice to take it serious. Take caution. Americans do the opposite.
    Bucs are in the playoff. Bucs players do the opposite and miss the playoff game. Lol.

  39. stpetebucsfan Says:

    If one of these guys has tested positive I’m not worried about Sunday’s game.

    I’m more worried about the health of the guy infected. Being exposed is one thing…being infected with Coronavirus is another and if it blossoms to a full blown case of Covid even young healthy football players have already died from this.

    When I went to Vietnam you could easily check the numbers…do the math..and figure out what your odds of returning in one piece might be.

    We didn’t judge people who served in rear areas as people not to worry about because THEIR odds were so much greater. The people who went still got the same combat bennies…pay…no income tax as guys out pounding the boonies with a much greater chance of not coming back.

    I fear for our nation when we have become so selfish that a football game is more important than somebody’s life. Are we really willing to go to just letting it go and riding it out till herd immunity. Estimates say that’s only a few million deaths and the best part is the majority…not all of course…but the majority will be old farts like me so no big deal. So many people say forget the Covid just move on with life. And I can see that point since it is after all just a Democratic hoax.

  40. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If they are tested daily, I hope the New Year’s suave was worth it. Joe can we reopen the coaching up and discipline post? Unbelievable that’s a rookie move, doesn’t deserve to play. Go offense need to put up 30+.

  41. Mitch Says:

    There was a deleted tweet from Devin screen grabbed by Greg Auman. He said to stop tweeting him because he has had the same schedule all season long, and that he feels perfectly fine. He also said he’d be ready for the playoffs…. let’s hope for a false positive.

  42. BuccoBrucey Says:

    Given the deleted devin white tweet, I feel that it’s not a false positive and he’ll be out for the wildcard game as well.

  43. Jeffbuc Says:

    The 10 day is stupid. He can’t play a Sunday night @ 8pm. But would be able to play Monday morning at 6am. That 10 hours is crucial.

  44. gp Says:

    Please stop trolling for an argument
    Won’t Monday be soon enough for you?

  45. mark2001 Says:

    No prophet is accepted in his home land.

    We really needed to do the same thing other sports have done…. playing in a bubble. But there is too much revenue at stake in the NFL and a much larger number of people in team staffs and players. I get it. But we will be very fortunate if, when the smoke clears, that the team last standing isn’t the team least effected by the virus.

  46. Jeffbuc Says:

    Listnfrmafar. That’s a stupid comment. If he went to a party last night and was exposed. It would be 3-4 days minimum before he would test positive. So he would have had to been exposed Tuesday or Monday at the earliest.

  47. Jeffbuc Says:

    St Pete that’s a rookie take. He evidently Doesn’t have symptoms since he had tweeted earlier about playing Sunday. So he like 99.9% of all young healthy people don’t even get a symptom. But yes it is so scary for him. They shouldn’t play football. But $12 an hour cnas should still have to go to work everyday and care for positive patients to make in a week what Devin white makes in 1 minute of game time. You can’t have it both ways. I’m sure you still go to your local Publix and shop. But it’s okay to have those $400 a week employees work. But a millionaire football player should have to cancel there season and sit home. They had a chance to opt out of the season. They didn’t. A nurses aid doesn’t get the chance to opt out they have to work every day to feed there family. On a $400 week salary. So Go cry a river on And take your timeout in your safe place

  48. Buxszntkt Says:

    Lmfao, how many people posting here take the masking and social distancing seriously ? I bet we’ll over 50% here are not very careful themselves. No you can’t make it any different because this is an NFL player.

  49. Durango 95 Says:

    A positive PCR test requires players testing positive to be placed on the Covid list immediately. Which means there will be two more tests administered 24 hours apart. If Devin remains asymptomatic (as he claims) and passes his next two tests he is eligible to return within that five-day period.

  50. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Ironic Wulan had a huge New Year blowout, millions in the street partying. Our culture is selfish. Our restaurant industry is shut down and dying and many are losing businesses and jobs yet it’s okay for thousands to protest arm and arm in the streets. We need younger politicians that are not skewed by outside initiatives. Go Buc!

  51. mark2001 Says:

    Wow St. Pete… right on the money as usual. Stay distanced…stay safe. And thank goodness we can financially sit back and watch the wheels turn. For those that don’t take it seriously, especially you young guys… Just please don’t take up a hospital bed if your are wrong. You can lick it. No big deal…Stay home. And God bless us…everyone.

  52. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Memphis, no doubt Joe knew exactly what that comment was about. At the time of that dumba@$ party many were concerned that he wasn’t taken it seriously enough. That was beyond idiotic and now he has it to almost nobody’s surprise. However with Joe’s political leanings I’m sure he had no issue with that party. It was probably him doing something stupid that is going to make winning this playoff game much more difficult.

  53. SOEbuc Says:

    At least for this week, I think Minter is a damn fine back up. I’ve always liked Minter. I thought Cichy wasn’t even playing football anymore. He’s a sad story. Kendall Beckwith was going to be something special.

    “This is a bummer, man.”- The Dude

  54. Rob F Says:

    Amazing that the guy who threw a party in Louisiana for 2000 people in July, well into the pandemic, would end up with Covid and let his teammates down heading into the playoffs.

  55. Ftmyersbuc Says:


    No young football player died of covid, perhaps one died with covid. Even that i doubt. Stop watching the cnn death toll ticker all day. I live in miami i know way more people who have had it already than haven’t. No one even went to a hospital. Over 80 people from mt work in July, ages 19 to 62. Some had a fever for a day. My 78 year old grandmother had it. Nothing. Unless your immunocompromised or have underlying conditions its not bad. Stop this nonsense, devin white,like every other nfl player whos got it will be fine. You take it serious to protect those that are vulnerable. Not because everyone is vulnerable. Average age of covid death is over 80. Average # of additional causes of death on the almost 300k “covid deaths” is 2.4. E.G.: cancer, renal failure, covid-19. Thats what the average covid death certificate reads. These are facts from government websites. That along with my lived experience has shaped my opinion.

    From your opinions on this i know you;watch cnn, have a “pajama job”, or are well off or retired already. Some people gotta work and live life. I know it gives you a smug feeling standing on your fabricated moral high ground, but whether you want to believe it or not that high ground is just a molehill that you’ve been led in to believing is a mountain.

    Rant out,
    Oh yeah and stpete did you see lord fauci said the worst is still yet to come!!! 😱😱😱

  56. m0j0 Says:

    Minter can hold down the fort.

  57. Listnfrmafar Says:

    FTMYERSBUC drinking the FOX koolaid. I agree the majority of the news stations are obviously biased but to believe this virus is a political hoax or simply not a reality tells me you live in a fantasy world. I have a.close friend that was scheduled for trip with 7 friends like you thought Covid was BS and he was bullet proof until 2 day prior to leaving on his trip tested positive for Covid. 15 hours in hospital and 3 weeks of pure agony and fear changed his opinion rather quickly. I hope this isn’t what it takes to open your eyes MORON !!!

  58. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Hey Ft Myers you dumba#$ you probably have no idea but two days ago a GOP representative elect in LA died of Covid at the age of 41 and had no pre existing conditions you neanderthal.

  59. TheBradyBunch Says:

    both my wife who is a registered nurse and my dead father would tell you to GFY!

  60. DaBux Says:

    Life is just freaking cruel.

  61. IrishTony Says:

    I’m not terribly worried about White’s absence he’s a liability in pass coverage and they’ll find other ways to get to Alex Smith or Dalton (if they end up playing the NFC East winner). Both Washington and Dallas have porous O lines.

  62. unbelievable Says:

    Well this certainly has potential to torpedo the rest of our season / post season.

    2021 off to one hell of a start.

  63. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Ha!! They erased my comments!! 🤣🤣 … See everyone is scared of the truth… Don’t go against the W.H.O. rules j.b.f. wouldn’t want them coming in and destroying your livelihood for allowing free speech would ya!! Lol … Bradybunch so now it’s your wife AND father?? Nice try…. You never did answer! How old was he? Did he have other health issues? See you don’t want to answer those questions because then you don’t get to play the victim to this oh so awful disease…. You’re a joke

  64. mark2001 Says:

    Just one thought I haven’t seen mentioned. Who do you think frequents a huge number of the service and restaurants in Florida and may parts of America? The 60 somethings and over…the group suffering the most from this disease. And eventually, when they have a couple friends that succumb to this disease, they will just stop patronizing the businesses at some point, believing the frequency of infection and potential illness is just too great a risk. And at that point, the businesses they used to frequent die.

    Regardless of what we personally think about this disease, the fact it is hitting many in the generation with a tremendous amount of disposable income, will make the financial suffering tremendous. So it is best we all work together to eliminate this disease as quickly as possible. Many service and restaurant businesses cant wait three or four years for this to work its way through our society.

  65. IrishMist Says:

    Get the vaccine as soon as you can, both to protect yourself and others. I work in healthcare and got the shot New Year’s eve, and I feel fine, less soreness afterwards than with the shingles shot. Less than half the people at the facility where I work accepted the vaccine. Stop believing the social media BS about Parkinson’s and other risks. most of which are promoted by idiots or Russian trolls.

  66. Durango 95 Says:


    Dude you have not even begun to scratch the surface of the potential economic devastaion forthcoming. We are getting bent over and screwed based on a hyped-up ruse.

  67. Cobraboy Says:

    Kamara tested positive.

    The LA ‘Phant who died had a heart attack in “a procedure”. He was kinda porky to begin with.

    For the pro-vac crowd: the esteemed Dr. Fauci says that even if you get the shots, you still can get sick, have to wear the impression muzzle and socially distance, and you can still transmit it. I just smfh at the sheep.

  68. Cobraboy Says:

    @Durango: just wait until Feb. 1 when all those who got rent and mortgage holidays HAVE TO PAY IT ALL BACK AT ONE TIME!

    Evictions and foreclosures are going to go through the roof. I am ready: I’m sitting on cash to buy rental properties for dimes on a dollar. I knew this was going to happen.

    I am fortunate not one of my tenants has missed a rent payment during this “crisis.”

  69. Durango 95 Says:


    That sounds promising. The FL real estate market is definitely on an upward trend thanks to the foresight of our governor. The guy is doing a fantastic job navigating our state through this cluster.. Just remember, always keep it on an even keel, my brother.

  70. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    FFS!!! Cmon Brady we need you to light it up

  71. Vico Says:

    A loss by tampa and the saints matches them up for wildcard. If we could get white back, they might not get Kamara back. Wouldn’t that be interesting to watch?

  72. mark2001 Says:

    Cobra.. you aren’t the only one sitting on cash. And has had some of those thoughts. I hate to profit off those in tough straits. But I guess it is the American way. Durango… Florida? Where are those future tourist dollars going to come from? Just not sure about that.

  73. orlbucfan Says:

    It’s defensive players who will miss tomorrow’s game. Offense is healthy, and Jones is out—ouch says Hotlanta. Bunch of airhead yahoos on here when it comes to CV. Kudos, stpete. BTW, snakeboy, I have funds, rentals, and renters who have worked all the way through the epidemic. Bucs have taken CV seriously, and I salute them. Go Bucs! 😊🏈