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 checklist on Tuesday. He was already on the bodily unable to carry out checklist, so this case will not impression the Saints for this week’s recreation.
The Saints haven’t disclosed any additional data on the circumstances, although affected coaches’ standing for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Panthers is questionable.
Coach Sean Payton introduced your complete teaching employees was vaccinated. The vaccination standing of Thomas and the nutritionist is unknown.
That mentioned, NFL gamers and training employees are examined day-after-day no matter vaccination standing. Therefore, if the vaccinated are asymptomatic and take a look at damaging twice 24 hours aside, they are going to be allowed to return to the crew. But, if they’re unvaccinated, they should isolate for not less than 10 days even when they’re asymptomatic. The Saints are actually following the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which incorporates masks carrying indoors and day by day assessments.
This is the primary large COVID-19 breakout within the NFL this season, and it got here proper after Week 1. The NFL announced on Sept. 3 that 93 p.c 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 relating to 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. Said Saints have a coach in Sean Payton who does an important job coping with adversity and “we’ll handle it.” https://t.co/1dzttSGPpM
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) September 15, 2021