Several NFL teams will alter or cancel workouts Sunday after a number of daily coronavirus tests taken Saturday have come back positive.
The league confirmed several positive tests came back, and said it would “investigate these results.”
The NFL said it would take “immediate precautionary measures as outlined in the NFL and NFLPA’s health and safety protocols.”
NFL will look into positive test results from same lab
While the league didn’t reveal the number of positive tests, it’s concerned enough to launch an investigation. The positive tests all stemmed from the same lab, which is located in New Jersey. The league will look into whether all those positive tests are legitimate, or whether there was an issue that resulted in multiple tests coming back as false positives.
NFL coronavirus numbers were getting smaller
Prior to Sunday’s statement, NFL coronavirus numbers were getting smaller. On Saturday, only four NFL players were listed on the COVID-19 list.
Bears among the many teams with positive tests
The Chicago Bears were hit hard by those tests results. The team produced nine positive tests, which were spread out between players and staff. The team followed additional testing protocols and said all those tests were false positives.
As a result, the team moved back its practice Sunday.
The New York Jets also had 10 positive tests, though ESPN’s Adam Schefter says those tests were also false positives.
The Minnesota Vikings had 12 positive tests from the New Jersey facility.
The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed six positive tests, but noted those players would be allowed back at practice and in meetings Monday.
The Cleveland Browns did not reveal how many members of the organization tested positive, but initially said it would conduct meetings virtually Sunday. The team revealed course Sunday afternoon, claiming the positive tests from Saturday were actually false positives.
The team initially said multiple members of the Browns tested positive for coronavirus. Anyone who tested positive will need another negative test tomorrow if they hope to return to the facility Monday.
Chiefs, Lions proceeding as normal Sunday
Not every team has been affected by the new rash of positive tests. Both the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs are proceeding with their morning practices as usual Sunday.
On Saturday, the Chiefs became the first NFL team to allow fans into the team’s stadium to watch training camp in 2020. Roughly 2,000 fans attended the practice.
Positive tests a bad sign for NFL
In any case, the positive tests are a bad sign for the NFL. If those results are legitimate, the NFL is officially dealing with multiple outbreaks with just a few weeks to go before the start of the regular season. If at least 19 positive tests truly came back as false positives, the NFL clearly needs to make changes to its testing policies.
Neither instance bodes well as the season quickly approaches.
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