ORCHARD PARK, NY. Buffalo Bills sent newcomers home from the team’s premises on Thursday in response to five positive coronavirus tests this week, the team reported in an ESPN message.
League source ESPN said the test for two players, including one rookie, was positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and the team decided to hold day-to-day meetings in practice.
This news was first reported by the NFL Network.
Under the NFL training camp mandate, players must register for three negative tests within five days to enter the facility. While teams are not required to shut down their facility for a positive test, Bills have chosen to reduce the risk by sending players a day home.
“Because medical experts informed us when the training camp opened, we hoped for positive COVID tests,” the group said in a statement to ESPN. “Having 5 since the start of the trial period last Tuesday, we have decided to take a disciplined, proactive and preventative approach that we hope will eliminate additional cases on our team.”
Bills newcomers first announced on July 21 that they could start testing. The rookie, who tested a positive result on Thursday, did so after registering three negative tests, a league source said.
A league source said the said rookie is asymptomatic; a player who tests positive may be tested again after five days if he remains asymptomatic during that time.
Unique rookie basketball player Ike Brown was the first Bills player to be added to the team’s reserve / COVID-19 list on Monday.