Six unidentified members of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff, a player and a nutritionist have tested positive for COVID-19, said two people familiar with the situation.
People spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team and the NFL had not made a public statement about it. People have said that all of the Saints’ coaching staff have been vaccinated.
Later Tuesday, Michael Thomas – who was already ineligible to play the first six games while on the club’s physically unable to play roster – was placed on Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 reserve roster. Orleans.
The names of most other people who test positive should not be disclosed in the short term due to federal medical confidentiality laws.
It is not known how long people who test positive will remain isolated from the team before they can return to the field or in face-to-face meetings.
For now, the entire team is operating under enhanced NFL mitigation protocols, which means mandatory masking inside facilities, daily testing, no in-person meetings, and take-out meals.
The positive tests came after New Orleans’ 38-3 victory over Green Bay on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., Where the game was moved from the Superdome following damage to Southeast Louisiana by the hurricane Ida.
The Saints have spent the past two weeks training in the Dallas area and are expected to continue training at the TCU this week before heading to Carolina for their Week 2 game on Sunday. This match remains on track to go as planned.