The Saints have skilled eight reported circumstances of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, together with six offensive coaches, one participant and one nutritionist, according to ESPN.
The participant in query seems to be broad receiver Michael Thomas, who was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 record on Tuesday. He was already on the bodily unable to carry out record, so this case will not affect the Saints for this week’s recreation.
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The Saints haven’t disclosed any additional info on the circumstances, although affected coaches’ standing for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Panthers is questionable.
Coach Sean Payton introduced all the teaching workers was vaccinated. The vaccination standing of Thomas and the nutritionist is unknown.
That stated, NFL gamers and training workers are examined each day no matter vaccination standing. Due to this fact, if the vaccinated are asymptomatic and check unfavourable twice 24 hours aside, they are going to be allowed to return to the workforce. However, if they’re unvaccinated, they should isolate for at the least 10 days even when they’re asymptomatic. The Saints are actually following the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which incorporates masks carrying indoors and each day exams.
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That is the primary huge COVID-19 breakout within the NFL this season, and it got here proper after Week 1. The NFL introduced on Sept. 3 that 93 % of gamers had been vaccinated. As of now, solely two groups are totally vaccinated: the Falcons and the Buccaneers.
This is not the primary time the Saints have made headlines concerning COVID-19. In March 2020, Payton grew to become the primary particular person related to the NFL to get COVID-19.
GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that Saints are coping with some COVID circumstances and enhanced protocols however didn’t share many specifics. Stated Saints have a coach in Sean Payton who does an ideal job coping with adversity and “we’ll deal with it.” https://t.co/1dzttSGPpM
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) September 15, 2021
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