WFT RB Antonio Gibson Placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List; Out vs. Eagles

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 31, 2021

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) runs with the ball during an NFL Football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

The Washington Football Team placed running back Antonio Gibson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Guard Ereck Flowers Sr. was also placed on the reserve list for the season's penultimate game.

Gibson has suited up every game this season for WFT despite dealing with consistent nagging injuries. He has played through a hairline fracture in his shin and a toe injury, among other issues, to rush for 891 yards and six touchdowns while adding 289 yards and three scores on 41 receptions.

Rookie Jaret Patterson will likely get the lion's share of the work with Gibson out of the lineup, though the Washington running back room is worth monitoring over the weekend. Jonathan Williams may also wind up getting some work with third-down back J.D. McKissic on injured reserve.

Gibson will be eligible to return for Week 18's game against the New York Giants regardless of his vaccination status under new NFL rules. 

Washington has lost three straight games to fall out of playoff contention and is likely just playing out the string over the final two weeks of the season.