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Falcons top pick tests positive for COVID-19, misses game

He is the first player in the league to be placed on the list since the beginning of the 2020 season.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have placed first-round pick A.J. Terrell on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive for the virus, according to the league. It was another blow to the team’s secondary heading into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. 

Terrell is the first player in the league to be placed on the list since the beginning of the 2020 season. Players can be placed on the list if they test positive for COVID-19 or if they've been exposed to someone who tested positive.

The Falcons had already ruled out cornerback Kendall Sheffield because of a foot injury and safety Ricardo Allen with an elbow problem. 

On Sunday, they faced the Bears without the No. 16 overall pick out of Clemson. 

Atlanta promoted linebacker Edmond Robinson and cornerbacks Delrick Abrams Jr. and Tyler Hall from the practice squad.