Detroit Lions dealing with another COVID-19 outbreak, cancel Tuesday practice
The Detroit Lions are facing their second COVID-19 outbreak of the season.
Lions announced Tuesday morning that they had closed their Allen Park training facility and were working remotely after two members of the organization tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Interim coach Darrell Bevell's press conference was also postponed until later in the day.
Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, will be seen in Detroit ahead of the exercises on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
"We were notified of two positive COVID-19 tests in our organization this morning," the team said in a written statement. "As a precaution, the team's practice facility is currently closed and our players and coaches are holding remote meetings today. As we adhere to our intensive protocols and conduct contact tracing, we will continue to communicate closely with the NFL and their medical staff and gather more information."
The Lions were more than three months between positive COVID tests, from the time the players reported in late July to a four-day stretch in early November when they put three players on the reserve / COVID-19 list and one positive Employee test for who had virus on consecutive days.
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At least one of these players, quarterback Matthew Stafford, was viewed as close contact with an infected person and did not test positive for the virus.
Stafford spent four days on the reserve / COVID-19 list but was activated and played in that week's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Linebackers Jarrad Davis and Jalen Elliott also had minimal stays in Reserve / COVID-19, and the team was inducted into the NFL's intensive protocols on November 6, following the employee's positive test.
Defensive End Everson Griffen tested positive for COVID-19 in a single incident earlier this month and remains on the reserve / COVID list.
Usually Tuesdays are non-working days in the NFL, but the Lions should train on Tuesday because of their Saturday game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL hasn't lost any games this season due to the pandemic, and Saturday's Lions Bucs game continues as planned.
In accordance with the guidelines for intensive minutes, all team meetings must be held virtually or outdoors, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance at all times.
Exercises are allowed as long as the players wear full face masks - no gaiters - but the use of the locker room is strongly recommended and a maximum of 10 players and five employees are allowed in the weight room at the same time
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak will drop out of training Tuesday
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