NFL | Coaches of Saints with COVID-19

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton mentioned Wednesday that a group of attacking coaches, in addition to a nutritionist and a player, have been diagnosed positive for the coronavirus.

Brett Martel
Associated Press

Payton did not specify the identity of those who contracted the virus. However, he said he was missing an offensive line coach, another long-wing and running back manager, and two close-end managers. Payton said they had all received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The day before, those familiar with the situation had revealed that six unidentified people on the Saints’ teaching staff, a player and a person specializing in nutrition had contracted COVID-19.

These people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NFL team and management had not issued any official statement on the matter.

The names of people who test positive will likely not be released in the short term due to federal medical confidentiality laws.

According to Associated Press sources, all of the Saints’ teaching staff have been vaccinated.

For the moment, it is not possible to know with precision the length of the period of isolation that will have to be observed by people who have obtained positive results before being able to return to the field or to face-to-face meetings.

For now, the entire team must conduct their day-to-day operations within the enhanced NFL mitigation protocols. These protocols include, among other things, the wearing of a compulsory mask inside the facilities, daily screening tests, no face-to-face meetings and take-out meals.

The positive tests came in the wake of the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. The match, which was to be presented at the Superdome, had been moved there due to damage from the hurricane Ida in the southeast of the state of Louisiana.

The Saints have spent the last two weeks training in the Dallas area, and are due to continue training at the Texas Christian University venue this week before heading to Carolina for their next game, which remains scheduled. for Sunday.

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