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Detroit Lions star rookie Penei Sewell tests positive for COVID-19, won’t attend camp

The Detroit Lions were looking to get a first-hand look at No. 7 pick Penei Sewell during rookie training camp this coming weekend. The former Oregon star and future left tackle for Detroit now says he will not be in attendance for the minicamp.

Sewell took to social media on Wednesday to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to join his fellow Lions rookies for the minicamp.

It’s not yet known if Sewell’s positive test is a breakthrough case, meaning that he came down with the virus even after being vaccinated. While rare, we’ve seen some of these cases pop up recently around the sports world.

Either way, Penei Sewell missing out on rookie camp is somewhat of a big deal. For the most part, voluntary offseason activities have remained virtual this spring due to the pandemic. Set to slide in at right tackle to protect the recently-acquired Jared Goff under center, the Lions need him to take advantage of every opportunity presented to him this offseason.

Due to no fault of his own, Penei Sewell won’t be able to take advantage of his initial opportunity after the Lions made him a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft late last month. That’s unfortunate.