Former CFL all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra tests positive for COVID-19 with Carolina Panthers

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Former CFL all-star Brandon Zylstra has tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The 28-year-old was placed on the Carolina Panthers’ COVID-19 reserve list on Sunday ahead of the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had previously dressed for eleven games this season, starting the last two.

Vaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 cannot return to action until they test negative for the virus twice over 24 hours apart.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound pass catcher is having easily his best NFL season, making 18 receptions for 250 yards and a touchdown. This is his fourth season with the Panthers (2019-present) following a one-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings (2018).

Zylstra played collegiately at Concordia College in Minnesota, totalling 1,932 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in 29 games while adding 25 rushes for 394 yards and five touchdowns along with 39 kick-off returns for 885 yards with the Cobbers.

He attended the North Dakota State University pro day in 2016, recording a 4.64 forty-yard dash, 34-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and pressed 225 pounds 16 times on the bench. He went unselected in the NFL Draft and signed with the Edmonton Elks on May 30, 2016.

Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions while grabbing five touchdowns in 2017 and was named a CFL all-star that season. During 22 games in Canada, Zylstra made 134 catches for 2,195 yards and eight touchdowns.