LA Rams defensive end Michael Brockers will be held out of Week 17’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals because he is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. By being inactive, Brockers could lose out on $750,000 in bonus pay based on an incentive in his deal: play in 65% of the team’s snaps this season, get $750,000.
Brockers has only played in 64.3% of the team’s snaps.
A scorecard for some of today’s incentives.... pic.twitter.com/5I7WeIcjm4— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2021
Brockers is not the only Rams defensive player who has an important incentive to reach by the end of the season. Linebacker Leonard Floyd will get $1,250,000 if he gets to 10 sacks this year; Floyd has 9.5 sacks.
Floyd went to the hospital on Friday with abdominal pain and he is listed as questionable, though some reports said he expected to play.
Neither Brockers or Floyd has missed a game this season. Teams could elect to pay out a bonus anyway, though I’m not sure if the Rams will have incentive to pay it out only because a player came close to reaching the benchmark or if they missed because of being on the COVID-19 list as a precaution.