The Tennessee Titans are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, while players on both the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs tested positive today ahead of their highly-anticipated game. Now, the New Orleans Saints have a positive test according a new report moments ago.
The Saints flew to Detroit tonight for tomorrow’s game against the Lions. The two sides are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. ET.
A player who traveled with the team on the flight from New Orleans tested positive for COVID-19, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. It is unclear which player it is. Contact tracing it now underway, though given the close quarters involved in air travel, that is very tricky.
As we’ve learned with the Titans, just testing everyone after one positive tests doesn’t mean a team is in the clear. The Titans have had a number of players test positive in the days after the initial outbreak. The virus may not show up in a test for a few days after a person contracts it.
Per source, the Saints, who are in Detroit, have a player who has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing currently is occurring of those who were in contact with the player, who was on the flight from New Orleans.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 4, 2020
The Patriots and Chiefs are currently aiming to play on Monday, with Tuesday as a reported backup, pending new test results. The Titans game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, had to be pushed back to Week 7.
The NFL will likely try to have the Saints and Lions play Monday or Tuesday if possible. It’s hard to know how the next few rounds of testing will go. Hopefully the team doesn’t have further issues, but it is impossible to know where things stand right now.
Hopefully we’ll have more on the New Orleans Saints early tomorrow.
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