At least two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players have tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). In keeping with privacy laws, the team has not disclosed the identities of the players.
One Bucs assistant also tested positive earlier in the week, raising concerns about viral spread in the organization. The list of positive cases in the NFL is growing. According to reports, COVID-19 has struck one 49ers player, Broncos safety
Kareem Jackson, Cowboys star running back
Ezekiel Elliott, and many more — most of whom have remained anonymous.
The growing number of cases has the NFL considering an expansion of its contagious disease containment policy. Roster changes are also likely on the way — the league may move practice squads from 12 to 16 players because of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is pushing for a “bubble” strategy, one that would isolate players and NFL personnel from the community at large during the season.
For now, the NFL says it will test players three times per week in advance of training camp and possibly test more during the season. A single-location for games — like what the NBA is doing — is not currently being considered.