The Detroit Lions have closed their team facility on Tuesday after receiving word that two members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. At the moment, the identity of those individuals have not been revealed. It’s not clear if those are players or staffers, either.
UPDATE: Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, one positive test was for a player, one was for a non-player.
The Lions provided this official statement:
“Earlier this morning, we were informed of two positive COVID-19 tests within our organization. As a precaution, the team practice facility is currently closed and our players and coaches are conducting meetings remotely today. As we adhere to our Intensive Protocols and conduct contact tracing, we will continue to communicate closely with the NFL and its medical staff and gather more information.”
Detroit was already working on a short week, given that they play the Buccaneers on Saturday. They were scheduled to practice on Tuesday—the players’ normal day off—but now they will have to conduct business remotely for at least today, while they confirm the positive tests and do the proper contact tracing necessary to keep everyone in the building safe.
As of now, only one Lions player is currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list: defensive end Everson Griffen. He was placed on the list 10 days ago. If any of the positive tests were that of players, Detroit will likely place them on the reserve/COVID-19 list later today.