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Mar 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is welcomed on a billboard over the crosstown expressway in Tampa Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it known on that Tom Brady has passed his initial COVID-19 tests and will arrive at the facility Monday.

The news was shared in a round-about-way with a Twitter post:

How NFL is testing for COVID-19

Players cannot enter team facilities until they have passed the first wave of COVID-19 testing.

This is how it works, as agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA:

  • First test: On the day they report.
  • Two days of quarantine.
  • Second test: On the fourth day.

Brady reported last week, and now his first two tests have come back negative.

Now, he and the rest of the NFL players who are cleared to enter team facilities will be tested daily for at least two weeks. Soon enough, they’ll hit the practice field with helmets and pads.

Earlier on Monday, Tua Tagovailoa and other Miami Dolphins rookies reported as well after clearing their first round of tests. Given that both of these teams play in Florida — one of the world’s hardest-hit regions during the pandemic — it’s a positive sign that perhaps the NFL season may be able to go off as planned.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.