Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: 49ers cleared in COVID-19 probe

The San Francisco 49ers were cleared following an NFL investigation into the team’s compliance with league COVID-19 protocols, according to multiple reports Wednesday night.

The probe was launched in the wake of a feared virus outbreak on the team after wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive last week. Contact tracing also led to receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and offensive tackle Trent Williams going on the COVID-19 list, as all four players missed San Francisco’s 34-17 loss to Green Bay last Thursday.

The club activated all four players Friday after Bourne registered back-to-back negative tests. However, Bourne was placed back on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday following another positive test.

As part of the investigation, the league reportedly sought to determine if Bourne had been wearing his protective face covering properly. Had Bourne been found not to meet such standards, the 49ers could have been fined, as they were in September to the tune of $250,000 when coach Kyle Shanahan violated league protocols on the sideline during a game against the New York Jets. Shanahan was fined $100,000.

San Francisco (4-5) will take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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