dangolka (CBS) — This weekend was a little bit of a large number for the NFL. There have been 77 constructive COVID-19 assessments to hit the league, prompting just a few groups to name audibles on Sunday, together with the New England Patriots.
Nevertheless, upon additional evaluate, these positives had been false positives. All of these gamers have since examined unfavourable. The New Jersey lab that yielded these constructive outcomes re-tested the samples, they usually all got here again unfavourable. It’s a troublesome scenario, one that’s elevating many questions as to what the league will do ought to such a state of affairs hit on a sport day this fall.
Throughout his Monday morning press convention, Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick was requested concerning the false positives and what it may imply in the event that they hit a workforce on a Sunday. However he wasn’t going to the touch that one. As an alternative, he threw it proper on Roger Goodell’s lap.
“That’s a query it’s best to ask the league. They put out the assertion and I’m certain you may ask them questions you probably have them. We’ll management what we will management,” stated Belichick.
“We don’t have something to do with that. The testing is finished by any person else, analyzed by any person else, and all we do is get the outcomes,” Belichick famous. “That’s one thing it’s best to redirect to them. From our standpoint, I feel we’re doing the best issues. We proceed to make adjustments and modifications, and I’m assured we’re doing the very best we will.
“If we see one thing we really feel like must be upgraded, to be modified, to be improved, to be addressed as a result of it’s not being finished correctly, we’ve finished that frequently. We’ll proceed to do this. If we discover a higher solution to do one thing, we’ll do it,” he added. “We’ve had, actually, no issues that we now have any management over. If we really feel like we have to do one thing in a different way, we handle it or change it or modify it to make it higher or get it proper. We’ll proceed to do this.”
The Patriots had 11 gamers miss Sunday’s apply session, and it’s believed that half of them had been absent due to these testing outcomes. BioReference launched the next assertion on the scenario Monday morning:
“On August 22, BioReference Laboratories reported an elevated variety of constructive COVID-19 PCR take a look at outcomes for NFL gamers and personnel at a number of golf equipment. The NFL instantly took needed actions to make sure the protection of the gamers and personnel. Our investigation indicated that these had been more than likely false constructive outcomes, brought on by an remoted contamination throughout take a look at preparation within the New Jersey laboratory,” the assertion learn. “Reagents, analyzers and workers had been all dominated out as potential causes and subsequent testing has indicated that the difficulty has been resolved. All people impacted have been confirmed unfavourable and knowledgeable.”
Belichick’s focus, after all, just isn’t on what may occur in just a few weeks. As an alternative he’s locked in on what wants to occur at apply within the coming days.
“It is a huge week for us — individually, in models and collectively as a workforce — to essentially begin exhibiting progress,” he stated. “This will probably be a number of occasions — the second, third, fourth time by way of on plenty of issues we’re doing, whether or not it’s performs, methods, conditions. The workforce is beginning to really feel comfy, whether or not it’s their task or the way in which they’re doing it, teaching factors and so forth. Now we actually must begin to see these issues come collectively on all ranges, all three ranges of the sport, and managing the sport from a training standpoint,” stated Belichick.
“All of us have plenty of work to do and hopefully are able to string some good days collectively,” he added.
Belichick stated it’s common to have numerous gamers out and in of apply throughout sport, and this 12 months isn’t any totally different.