Sunday morning, the NFL announced several NFL teams received batches of false-positive test results from COVID-19 tests all from the same laboratory in New Jersey. The Bears turned up nine false positives. The Jets reportedly had 10.
“We are working with our testing partner, BioReference, to investigate these results, while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive test,” The NFL said via an official statement. “Clubs are taking immediate precautionary measures as outlined in the NFL-NFLPA’s health and safety protocols to include contact tracing, isolation of individuals and temporarily adjusting the schedule, where appropriate. The other laboratories used for NFL testing have not had similar results.”
Prior to Sunday’s practice, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was asked about the issue but said he was unaware of the news.
“No, we’re good. Nothing to report there,” Patricia said. “We’re going to go out to practice. I haven’t heard that.”
However, a report from MMQB’s Albert Breer said the Lions were one of the teams impacted by the New Jersey lab’s results. Per Breer, one Lions player returned a false positive over the weekend.
Lions were another team involved with the lab in New Jersey, I’m told. But they returned just one false-positive from Saturday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 23, 2020
So there’s one of those less effected.
As of now, the identity of that player remains unknown.
The Lions were the first team to publicly deal with a false-positive test result when Matthew Stafford had one of many tests come back positive. However, subsequent testing suggested that was a false positive. After that ordeal, the NFL created a new protocol to have positive tests corroborated by several follow-up tests to prevent keeping a player sidelined for too long if the test was inaccurate.