The Carolina Panthers have entered the NFL’s intensive protocol, the team announced Wednesday morning. The move comes after Falcons rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Panthers played the Falcons on Sunday. Carolina is scheduled to play the Bears at noon Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As of Wednesday morning, the Panthers have not placed any players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team noted that moving to intensive protocol is a precautionary measure.
The moves means the Panthers will not have any in-person meetings. It’s too soon yet to know what this might mean for Sunday’s game against the Bears. The Bears are also dealing with the ramifications of a practice squad player testing positive over the weekend.
The Minnesota Vikings followed similar protocols as the Panthers after Minnesota faced the Tennessee Titans in Week 3. The Titans had multiple players test positive for COVID-19 in the ensuing weeks.
The Vikings closed their facility the following week as a precautionary measure. The Vikings did not subsequently place any players on the reserve/COVID-19 list and they did play their next game.
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