Two people familiar with the situation said six unidentified members of the New Orleans Saints coaching team, a player and a nutritionist, had tested positive for COVID-19.
People spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, as the team and NFL have not commented on the matter. People said all Saints coaching staff were vaccinated.
Later Tuesday, Michael Thomas, who was unable to play the first six games while on the club’s physically unfit list, was placed on New Orleans’ COVID-19 reserve list.
Due to federal medical privacy laws, most of the others who tested positive were not expected to be named in the short term.
It is unclear how long those who test positive will remain isolated from the team before returning to the field or face-to-face meetings.
For now, the entire team is operating under the NFL’s advanced mitigation protocols, meaning no mandatory masking, daily testing, face-to-face meetings, and ready meals within the facilities.
The positive tests came after New Orleans’ 38-3 win over Green Bay in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, where the game was moved from the Superdome after the damage caused by Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana.
The Saints have spent the last two weeks training in the Dallas area and are scheduled to continue training at TCU this week before heading to the Carolinas for their Week 2 game on Sunday. This game will continue as planned.