USA TODAY Sports activities’ Jarrett Bell breaks down the NFL’s plan to forestall a possible COVID-19 outbreak.


The NFL introduced Sunday morning that it is investigating a rash of sure COVID-19 take a look at effects that every one got here from a lab in New Jersey as coaching camps push towards the season opener not up to 3 weeks away.

“​Saturday’s day-to-day COVID checking out returned a number of positives checks from every of the golf equipment serviced through the similar laboratory in New Jersey,” the NFL mentioned in a observation. “We’re operating with our checking out spouse, BioReference, to research those effects, whilst the golf equipment paintings to verify or rule out the sure checks. Golf equipment are taking speedy precautionary measures as defined within the NFL-NFLPA’s well being and protection protocols to incorporate touch tracing, isolation of people and quickly adjusting the time table, the place suitable. The opposite laboratories used for NFL checking out have no longer had equivalent effects.”

Expenses common supervisor Brandon Beane mentioned he idea there have been 10 or 11 groups suffering from the irregularities.

Regardless that it’s unclear which groups put up their checking out samples to the New Jersey lab, no less than six – the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Expenses, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings – have altered their plans for Sunday.

The Chicago Bears driven their Sunday morning apply to the afternoon when they showed that their 9 sure COVID-19 effects have been all false positives. (Picture: Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Cleveland said in a statement that “COVID-19 testing process conducted yesterday initially indicates multiple individual presumptive positive cases that include players, coaches and support staff.”

The Browns said “out of an abundance of caution” they will follow their Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan, which pauses operations inside the team’s Berea, Ohio, facility and pushes meetings to be held virtually. The Browns said they are also following the plan’s protocols for contact tracing and self-isolation, even though all those who returned positive results remain asymptomatic. 

The Browns facility is also being disinfected in a deep-cleaning process, the team said.

The Bears, meanwhile, pushed their Sunday morning practice to the afternoon after they confirmed that their nine positive results were all false positives.

“This morning we learned yesterday’s Covid-19 testing identified nine players/staff as positive,” the Bears said in a statement. “We followed additional NFL-NFLPA testing protocol and confirmed all nine results as false positives. Out of an abundance of caution, we postponed this morning’s practice to this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.”

Pittsburgh said it had six players absent from Saturday’s practice, but that “none of those players were required to be placed on Reserve/COVID-19” and would return to meetings Sunday and apply Monday.

Jets head trainer Adam Gase mentioned the workforce canceled a walk-through Saturday evening when they concluded they won 10 false sure effects. New York returned to apply Sunday morning.

The Vikings canceled apply after 8 avid gamers, one trainer and 3 staffers got here again with sure effects.

Beane mentioned the workforce shall be with out a couple of avid gamers in apply, because of the irregularities with the checking out.

“We are simply seeking to be very wary,” Beane mentioned. “We have been open with our workforce. The league jumped in this early to tell us that it wasn’t simply our workforce, it is numerous groups. I feel some went and canceled the day. We did speak about that at one level, however as we were given additional information we felt adore it used to be extra of a lab factor and no longer a real factor with our guys recently.”

Earlier than Sunday morning, simplest 4 avid gamers have been at the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 listing, even though Sunday’s possible rash of sure or false sure effects may just adjust that. Gamers who’re suspected to had been inflamed or who’ve come into shut touch with the ones inflamed are positioned at the listing and no longer allowed to renew workforce actions till medically cleared.

Gamers, coaches and lots of give a boost to workforce are examined on a daily basis throughout the finish of August, according to an settlement reached between the league and the NFL Gamers Affiliation. Fast and dependable checking out is very important for the NFL, which isn’t taking part in its 2020 season within a bubble, like that of the NBA and NHL. Thus far right through coaching camp, NFL groups have have shyed away from outbreaks and feature successfully used checking out and self-isolation protocols to mitigate the unfold.

The NFL Kickoff Recreation between the Houston Texans and Kansas Town Chiefs is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10.


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