NFL: 26 positive tests in latest results
Data released Wednesday by the NFL and the NFL Players Association confirmed the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the league.
In its weekly release of test results, the league said there were 26 positives among the 37,002 tests administered to 7,981 players and team personnel. The positives were attributed to 11 players and 15 team personnel.
The tests were performed Sept. 27-Oct. 3.
Quarterback Cam Newton of the New England Patriots was among the players to test positive in that span. The Titans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was moved from Week 4 to Oct. 25 because of an outbreak in Tennessee, which now has more than two dozen confirmed cases.
In the previous week’s testing, two players and four staff members were positive among the 36,666 tests administered.
Since monitoring began on Aug. 1, the NFL has administered more than 370,000 tests with 31 players and 53 other personnel testing positive.
On Wednesday, Newton shared a reminder about the virus on social media.
The message accompanying his photo of a mask-covered face was simple: “WEAR YOUR MASK — KEEP YOUR DISTANCE”
Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office issued a two-page memo detailing changes to COVID-19 protocols earlier this week. Changes include a longer onboarding process for free agent tryouts, bans on gatherings outside the club facility, limitations on the number of tryouts permitted per week, and the implementation of a league-wide video-monitoring system to ensure compliance with the protocols — “particularly the mandate that all staff and players wear PPE while in a club facility and on travel at all times.”
–Field Level Media