NFL teams are reporting to training camps this week, kind of. In the unusual circumstances due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, players are easing into things.
There will be an acclimation period, virtual meetings, and of course, testing for COVID-19 to make sure everyone is safe, before teams, including the Buffalo Bills, actually take the field at training camp. Those dates won’t be for quite a bit.
But as training camps “open” this week, testing players for coronavirus is the No. 1 task at-hand. By now, all teams in the league have started testing. According to the NFLPA on Tuesday, 21 players have tested positive for COVID-19 at training camps recently.
On Tuesday, remaining veterans started showing up for tests across the league. As of last week, rookies, players with injuries, and quarterbacks, had already reported early. In addition to the recent 21, the players union also announced that 107 players tested positive for it over the course of this offseason. In regard to the recent tests and 21 results, the NFLPA did not announced how many total test results that number is apart of.
At this time, we’re unsure if anyone from the Bills is included in this bunch. The most-likely candidate could be UDFA rookie Ike Brown. As teams opened camps this week, they announced players who were going on the reserve/ COVID-19 list. Brown was the lone Bill to land on it. These are essentially players on an injury list for coronavirus-related reasons. The key word: related.
Does Brown have a positive test? He could, or he could have just been in contact with someone who was, causing him to also quarantine. Brown and other NFL players who do go on this list are required to pass multiple tests for coronavirus before they are allow to head to a team’s facility.