SANTA CLARA, Calif. – One day before they were scheduled to play Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers closed their facility because of a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday morning.
Niners confirmed the test was positive after a federated source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that broad identifier Kendrick Bourne had given a positive result. League sources told ESPN that Thursday’s match is expected to take place as scheduled, pending more information and contact retrieval.
In a statement, Niners admitted the test was positive and said they had been involved in the tournament’s “intensive process”.
“San Francisco 49ers was notified today that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the individual is immediately quarantined,” the statement said. “Our organization has joined the NFL’s intensive protocol and we are working with the federation on contact tracking to identify high-risk individuals. All team functions will be. done almost today.
“The health and safety of our players, staff and community is the organization’s highest priority. We will continue to work closely with the NFL and medical professionals and will adhere to it. their direction. “
After Sunday’s defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers returned to the facility and held training sessions early on Tuesday to prepare for Thursday’s match against Green Bay. The Packers are expected to fly to the Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon.
Bourne’s positive test results mean he won’t be able to play against the Packers if the match goes as expected, leaving the 49ers particularly short-handed in wide-angle after knocking out Deebo Samuel with a hamstring injury and give up Dante Pettis. Recipient Richie James has been restricted from training because of ankle problems.
Meanwhile, Packers will not rerun AJ Dillon, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, while rerun Jamaal Williams and guard Kamal Martin have also been excluded after they were considered. are “people at high risk of exposure to Dillon”.