Atlanta Falcons

Falcons to shut down facilities after more positive COVID-19 tests

The league and the Falcons were hoping to avoid an outbreak such as the Tennessee Titans had, which caused them not to play a game for 17 days.

“Definitely, you’ve seen across the league that there have been more positive tests the last couple of weeks,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said.

The outbreak reached a total of 24 players and personnel, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because neither the NFL nor the Titans commented on all the test results.

All meetings must occur virtually unless held outdoors or in an indoor facility with masks being worn by all.

Gloves should also be worn on field by all players except quarterbacks who may leave the throwing hand uncovered.

Rehab that involves cardio work may be done out of doors with player unmasked as long as they are by themselves or supervised by one therapist at an appropriate distance.

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