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 vast receiver Michael Thomas, who was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Tuesday. He was already on the bodily unable to carry out listing, so this case will not impression the Saints for this week’s recreation.
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 mentioned, NFL gamers and training workers are examined day-after-day no matter vaccination standing. Due to this fact, if the vaccinated are asymptomatic and take a look at adverse twice 24 hours aside, they are going to be allowed to return to the staff. However, if they’re unvaccinated, they must isolate for a minimum of 10 days even when they’re asymptomatic. The Saints are actually following the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which incorporates masks sporting indoors and every day checks.
That is the primary massive COVID-19 breakout within the NFL this season, and it got here proper after Week 1. The NFL announced on Sept. 3 that 93 % of gamers have 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 individual 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. Mentioned 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