The New Orleans Saints have had eight members of the group take a look at constructive for COVID-19, calling into query their standing for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Carolina Panthers, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The entire contains six offensive coaches, one participant and a nutritionist, based on a supply.
The Saints positioned extensive receiver Michael Thomas on the reserve/COVID-19 listing Tuesday. Thomas, who’s presently on the bodily unable to carry out listing, shouldn’t be eligible to return to follow till Week 7 on the earliest. Thomas has been doing his rehab in Fort Value, Texas, with the group, which has been working towards at TCU’s facility after being displaced by Hurricane Ida.
For now, your entire group is working underneath the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which means necessary masking inside services, every day testing, no in-person conferences and grab-and-go meals.
Chatting with WWL Radio in New Orleans on Tuesday, Saints normal supervisor Mickey Loomis confirmed that the group is coping with some COVID circumstances and enhanced protocols however did not share many specifics. He mentioned the Saints have a coach in Sean Payton who does an ideal job coping with adversity, including, “We’ll deal with it.”
If they’re asymptomatic, vaccinated gamers and personnel can return after they present two unfavourable take a look at outcomes 24 hours aside, per NFL protocols. Unvaccinated gamers and personnel who take a look at constructive should isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
Payton mentioned throughout the summer season that the group’s teaching and personnel staffs had been 100% vaccinated.
The Saints play Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Financial institution of America Stadium in Charlotte. They performed their Week 1 dwelling opener at Jacksonville’s TIAA Financial institution Subject, beating the Green Bay Packers 38-3.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.