Former Naples High football star Michael Walker of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list, along with starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and three others.
That does not mean that any of the players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Walker and Minshew worked out together in the offseason in Naples at Coach Tumbarello Performance, which is owned by former St. John Neumann and Gulf Coast high school football player Anthony Tumbarello.
Tumbarello posted on his Instagram July 24 a sendoff to Minshew and Walker.
The NFL and its Players Association had agreed to the policy, which is for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Clubs are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status or say if a player is in quarantine or has tested positive.
Walker was an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, where he played mostly as a return specialist and also a wide receiver. Walker started the 2019 season on the practice squad, and moved up to the active roster, playing seven games. He caught two passes for 15 yards.
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Minshew starred at Washington State and was a sixth-round draft pick last year. He took over as the Jaguars starter after Nick Foles was injured and went 6-6 with a 60.6% completion percentage, 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.
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