The New Orleans Saints have had eight members of the group check constructive for COVID-19, calling into query their standing for Sunday’s sport towards the Carolina Panthers, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The overall consists of six offensive coaches, one participant and a nutritionist, in accordance with a supply.
The Saints positioned vast receiver Michael Thomas on the reserve/COVID-19 listing Tuesday. Thomas, who’s at the moment on the bodily unable to carry out listing, isn’t eligible to return to follow till Week 7 on the earliest. Thomas has been doing his rehab in Fort Price, Texas with the workforce, which has been practising at TCU’s facility after being displaced by Hurricane Ida.
For now, the complete workforce is working below the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which means necessary masking inside services, every day testing, no in-person conferences and grab-and-go meals.
If they’re asymptomatic, vaccinated gamers and personnel can return once they present two damaging check outcomes 24 hours aside, per NFL protocols. Unvaccinated gamers and personnel who check constructive should isolate for at the least 10 days.
Saints coach Sean Payton mentioned throughout the summer season that the workforce’s teaching and personnel staffs have 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 residence opener at Jacksonville’s TIAA Financial institution Area, beating the Inexperienced Bay Packers 38-3.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett and The Related Press contributed to this report.