SANTA CLARA, California – A day after a 49ers-wide Kendrick Bourne recipient in San Francisco tested positive for a COVID-19, that result prompted the NFL to take a deeper look at protocol breaches can happen.
While it was the standard process for the NFL to review all positive tests at team facilities, a federation source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the NFL was investigating whether Bourne wore a protective scarf. face regularly and properly or not.
If Bourne is found not to comply with the protocol, the 49ers will be subject to federal discipline, including fines. That news came the same day that the latest 49ers test results showed no positive test results for Bourne or anyone else on the list, multiple federated sources told ESPN.
Despite all that, Bourne, as well as Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and ignoring Trent Williams, all considered “high-risk close contacts”;, remained on the bench / COVID-19 and won’t be available on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. Players deemed to be closely related to high risk must stay on the reserve / COVID-19 list for at least five days and continue testing.
Due to that quartet’s absence and many of their other injuries, the Niners made a series of squad moves to replenish the squad in time for Thursday night’s game.
Niners created two positions in the squad by placing midfielder Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and tight winger George Kittle (leg) in the injured reserve. They must miss at least the next three games, though both could miss the team’s last eight.
Heading on the replenishment list is ultimately Jordan Reed, who suffered a spare injury with a sprained knee in Week 3’s win over the New York Giants. From the practice team, Niners activated the Kevin White and River Cracraft receivers, Daniel Helm closed tightly and Johnathan Cyprien was safe with the COVID-19 alternate designation.
In addition, the team raised their attacking guide Tony Bergstrom and took Austin Walter out of the practice team in order to raise the bar for a game. They will return to the training team after Thursday’s match.
The receiver moves come after a week during which Niners was once again severely affected by the injury but is now also dealing with a Bourne positive test result incident. Niners entered the match on Thursday without any of the seven skilled players touching the ball during the team’s January 20 win of the NFC Championship Game with Green Bay on the active roster.
White and Cracraft joined Trent Taylor and Richie James Jr. as the recipients available to battle Packers. James was included in the questionnaire in the injury report with an ankle problem but he was able to train for the week and is expected to play against Green Bay.
Walter will complement JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon as he runs backwards, while Helm and Reed will offer more options in the end with Ross Dwelley and rookie Charlie Woerner. Justin Skule is expected to start Williams at ball.