dangolka (CBS) — When the Patriots had been lacking 11 gamers at Sunday’s apply, it raised some eyebrows. Now there’s some readability to these absences, although there are many questions as properly.
The Patriots had been reportedly one of many groups to be hit with a rash of false-positive COVID-19 checks linked to a New Jersey lab, in keeping with NFL Media’s Albert Breer. The check outcomes had been launched on Saturday, and on Sunday morning, the Chicago Bears confirmed that each one 9 of the group’s constructive checks had been false positives.
Some extra on the NFL testing subject …
• Whole variety of participant positives is substantial, however below 100.
• Of the 10 or 11 groups, some had double-digit positives, others had 1 or 2.
• These gamers took speedy checks this AM. Groups I've talked to had all come again unfavorable.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 23, 2020
The NFL to launched the next assertion concerning the state of affairs:
Saturday’s each day COVID testing returned a number of positives checks from every of the golf equipment serviced by the identical laboratory in New Jersey. We’re working with our testing companion, BioReference, to research these outcomes, whereas the golf equipment work to substantiate or rule out the constructive checks. Golf equipment are taking speedy precautionary measures as outlined within the NFL-NFLPA’s well being and security protocols to incorporate contact tracing, isolation of people and quickly adjusting the schedule, the place applicable. The opposite laboratories used for NFL testing haven’t had related outcomes.
Whereas the Bears postponed their apply till Sunday afternoon, the Patriots held theirs as deliberate. A complete of 11 gamers had been lacking from the session — essentially the most absences of camp to date — together with 5 gamers who took half in Friday’s session. The Patriots had an off-day on Saturday.
Absent on Day 6 of camp: Stephon Gilmore, Adrian Phillips, Sony Michel, James White, Lamar Miller, DAngelo Ross, Michael Jackson, Jake Burt, JJ Taylor, Jeff Thomas, Beau Allen, Tashawn Bower
New: White, Jackson, Burt, Taylor and Thomas
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) August 23, 2020
Security Adrian Phillips was not current in the beginning of apply, however he did come out to the sector later within the session.
Additionally on the damage entrance, vast receiver N’Keal Harry returned to the sector after lacking a handful of classes final week.