Six assistant coaches and the team’s nutritionist have also tested positive for the coronavirus; The New Orleans Saints will face off against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.
Eight positive coronavirus cases have been identified in New Orleans Saints, including wide receiver Michael Thomas, the NFL Network reported on Tuesday.
Two-time All-Pro receiver Thomas is currently on the list of physically incapable of performing and is now placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list according to the league’s transaction posting.
The Saints are now on an improved COVID-19 mitigation protocol that includes daily testing for all players and staff regardless of vaccination status. The mask mandate has also been activated.
Meanwhile, Saints defender Marshon Lattimore underwent thumb surgery on Tuesday, days after signing a $ 97.6 million deal with New Orleans.
Lattimore, 25, broke a thumb bone in Sunday’s 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers and could potentially replay the injury with a heavy bandage protecting his arm.
The Saints (1-0) are scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers (1-0) in their second week on Sunday.