The 49ers, in a news release, said they do not identify the player who has been tested positive, citing the applicable federal and state laws on confidentiality.
The group of players of Nashville included the four quarters: Beathard, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens and rookie Broc Rutter. Tuesday, the wide receiver Deebo Samuel was in need of medical care when he injured his foot during a training session. Samuel was operated on Thursday.
The positive test of a player from the 49ers is the first to appear among the professional sports teams of the Bay Area, and the most recent of many NFL players. This group includes the Cowboys, the rusher Ezekiel Elliott, the defender of the Broncos Von Miller, the keeper of the Broncos Kareem Jackson, the centre of the Rams Brian Allen and Saints head coach Sean Payton. The group includes an assistant coach of the Buccaneers are not identified and at least one member of the organization Chargers. On Monday, several members of the Cowboys and Texans were found to be positive.
The tests become positive during an offseason in which the NFL has canceled the team’s activities due to the pandemic could prefigure other problems that arise when teams reporting for training camp, which should begin by the end of July.
This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the working group on the coronavirus of the White House, has expressed doubts as to the ability of the NFL to play this season. Fauci told CNN that he thought the NFL might need to follow the path of the NBA, which plans to move the entire league to Orlando and finish the season in a close environment of the quarantine.
“Unless the players are essentially in a bubble – isolated from the community and that they are tested almost every day – it would be very difficult to see how football can be played this fall,” said Fauci. “If there’s a second wave, which is certainly a possibility, and that would be complicated by the flu season is predictable, the football may not happen this year. ”
Several teams of college football that are recently back on campus for training volunteers have had outbreaks of coronavirus, with reports of 23 players positive at Clemson, 13 in Texas and eight in Kansas. Last week, Houston has been suspended from training after six players tested positive.There has also been a wave of positive tests in the professional leagues where the players are together again. Friday, the Phillies and the Blue Jays have shut down their facilities for spring training in Florida. Philadelphia has five players and three staff members who were found to be positive, and Toronto has a player who has shown symptoms of coronavirus. During this time, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL has closed its facilities team on Friday because several players and staff members have been tested positive.
In early may, the half of corner of the 49ers Richard Sherman, in a conversation on Twitter, said he was “pretty sure” that he had the coronavirus “some time ago”. On 20 April, speaking to journalists before heading to the NFL, the general manager of the 49ers, John Lynch, has been invited to say if someone in the organization had contracted the coronavirus.
“Legally, I am not free to share certain things with people – it depends on some people,” said Lynch. “I’ll just leave it at that. But I’m really proud of how our team and our organization responded to these challenges. ”
The other 49, who would have worked in Nashville this week are wide receivers Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, Jalen Hurd, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings and Shawn Poindexter, the back Kyle Juszczyk and tight end Charlie Woerner.
The positive test was part of a week forgettable for the 49ers. On Friday, a day after the surgery on Samuel, the team confirmed that the recipient off Richie James, Jr., that was training in Florida, has had a fracture of the right wrist during a workout.
The 49ers have not provided a timetable for the return of James, but the NFL Network has announced that it is expected to be sidelined for at least two months. Last year, James was the main unit of the punt of the 49ers and has harvested an average of 8 yards on returns kicked and 21.4 yards on the returns of kick-off. He also caught six passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
James, a seventh-round in 2018, is expected to fight to keep his place on the list of 53 men.
Eric Branch covers the 49ers The San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @Eric_Branch