Updated October 17, 2020 at 8:22 AM CT

Dealing with false-positives in the NFL

       In the past 24 hours, the Patriots, Colts, Falcons all have reopened after shutting down for further testing and extra precautions. 

A member of the Jaguars’ practice squad has tested positive, but the team still plans to play Sunday’s game against the Lions.

“Last night, we received results from our daily PCR testing that an individual on our practice squad tested positive for COVID-19,” the Jaguars said in a statement. “After confirming the positive test later in the evening, our organization began working with the NFL to review contact tracing data while the player self-isolated. As a precautionary measure for today, we made the decision to conduct our football activities remotely while following NFL protocols and recommendations. This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and the team’s medical advisors. The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, as well as their families, is our top priority. We will continue to provide updates when they are available. We plan to play tomorrow’s game as scheduled.”

The Lions have already had their bye, so rescheduling this game until later in the season would be exceedingly difficult. If it can possibly play this game this week, the NFL will find a way to play it.

A day after the Patriots closed their facility because of a positive COVID-19 test, the team reopened shortly afterwards.

The Patriots have had two of the highest-profiled positive COVID-19 tests this season, with starting quarterback Cam Newton and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore both testing positive. Both Newton and Gilmore are now active and eligible to play on Sunday.

The Broncos and Patriots were originally scheduled to meet last week, but the NFL juggled the schedule so they could play this week and hopefully prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the Patriots. Now that both teams have already had their byes, it would become much more difficult for the league to delay their games again.

The NFL is grappling with how to deal with the issue.



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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