Carolina Panthers working virtually after unconfirmed positive COVID test


The Carolina Panthers are the latest team to shut down its facilities due to COVID-19.

The Panthers announced on Monday that the team was planning to work virtually for the next two days out of an abundance of caution due to an unconfirmed COVID-19 test on Monday morning.

The hope is that that players can return to the facility on Wednesday for their first practice of the week, although the team will now be working under more intensive protocols.

The Panthers were put in those protocols last week after Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson tested positive. The Panthers played the Falcons in Week 5.

Carolina most recently played the Chicago Bears on Sunday, although there have not yet been any confirmed reports of a positive test in Chicago.

Teams have been quick to shut down its facilities out of caution, even if the test is not a confirmed positive. The Jets and Colts have had to do so in recent weeks due to unconfirmed or presumptive positives, but follow-up tests came back negative in each instance.

The NFL has already had to adjust its schedule on the fly due to positive tests within other teams, such as the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, but has managed to avoid canceling or forfeiting any games.

The Panthers are scheduled to play the Saints on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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