Six New Orleans Saints assistant coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Media and ESPN reported Tuesday. A player and a nutritionist have also tested positive, according to the reports.
Saints coach Sean Payton said ahead of the season all coaching staff had been vaccinated.
NFL policy states that the team will be in mitigation protocol following positive tests. This protocol is where daily testing of all players and level 1 and level 2 staff is required, regardless of immunization status. As part of regular NFL COVID-19 protocols, vaccinated players are only tested once a week.
There is also a mandatory mask inside for all players and all level 1 and 2 staff, regardless of vaccination status, with the team having meals to take away from the team premises.
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The Saints trained in Texas while waiting to return to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. New Orleans defeated the Green Bay Packers Sunday 38-3 in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Saints play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.