CHARLOTTE, NC – The Carolina Panthers entered the NFL’s intensive protocol on Wednesday after the Atlanta Falcons put defensive action Marlon Davidson on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
The Falcons put Davidson on the list on Tuesday, two days after they lost to the Panthers (3-2) in Atlanta. A source told ESPN’s Von McClure that Davidson had tested positive for coronavirus.
Intensive protocol, NFL. Acto. According to a memo sent on the 1st, teams need coronavirus potential to implement the following precautions:
In addition to the daily test, all players in Tier 1 and 2 must obtain daily fast point-f-care tests and perform a negative test before entering the facility;
All meetings must take place virtually;
Whenever possible, activities such as practice will take place either outside or in large open spaces;
Personal protective devices such as face masks or shawls should always be worn by players and employees;
Gloves should also be worn on the field for all players except quarterbacks [Note: Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater always wears gloves on both hands];
The weight room will be limited to more than 10 players at any one time regardless of the size of the room;
The facility will be cleaned cold every day;
No team or player gatherings or group football activities will be kept away from the facility;
Players can stay in the locker room for at least 15 minutes, wearing masks at all times.
The rules are basically what the Minnesota Vikings followed after their Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans, whose COVID-19 case erupted the following week.
No Minnesota player tested positive after the Titans game, and the Vikings did not miss a game.
The Panthers didn’t cancel Wednesday’s practice but pushed it back at 1:45 p.m., instead of the typical afternoon start. At this stage, no Carolina player has been placed on the Reserve / Covid-19 list since Sunday.
The Panthers will host the Chicago Bears at the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.