NFL news: League reports 19 COVID-19 cases in the past week

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At a time when the Las Vegas Raiders are under fire for not following the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, the league is continuing to see an outbreak of the virus as it enters the midway point of the 2020 NFL season. Depending on how you look at it, this latest virus-related news is not great.

NFL news: League reports 19 COVID-19 cases in the past week

  • A total of 4,687 tests were conducted to 7,817 individuals from Oct. 18-24, according to an official news release from the NFL.
  • A total of 16,799 tests were administered to 2,491 players with another 25,888 tests conducted to 5,326 personnel.
  • There were eight new positive tests among players and 11 among personnel.

This news release also indicates that 55 players and 82 other personnel around the league have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began on Aug. 1. That’s out of more than 500,000 total tests.

As you can see, the positive test rate is much lower than the general public in the United States. Even then, it’s a tad concerning given the nature of the pandemic within the states and the fact that multiple NFL teams have refused to follow league-mandated COVID-related protocols.

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Raiders’ COVID-19 situation

Las Vegas’ entire starting offensive line was sent home last week after right tackle Trent Brown contracted the virus. It forced the NFL to move the Raiders’ Week 7 game from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon. Recent news around the NFL concludes that the Raiders are facing a stiff fine and the potential loss of a draft pick.

This comes after multiple COVID-related issues with Nevada’s new NFL team.

This comes on the heels of the NFL opting to fine the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for failing to abide by league-sanctioned policies relating to the pandemic.