Packers-49ers ‘Thursday Night Football’ now in serious jeopardy

By Vincent Frank
San Francisco 49ers 2020 season preview

The Green Bay Packers are already without three players due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Running back A.J. Dillon tested positive for the virus, leading to questions about “Thursday Night Football” against the San Francisco 49ers.

We now have more questions about this game, namely a potential COVID-19 outbreak within the 49ers’ organization.

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne tests positive for COVID-19

This news comes to us via multiple sources, and clearly plays in to question Thursday’s game between the Packers and 49ers. Remember, Green Bay running back A.J. Dillon testing positive for the virus had led to two other members of the team missing the game due to the NFL’s protocols.

It’s about contact tracing and the like. As for the 49ers, Bourne played last week. He actually put up a career-best performance, catching eight passes for 81 yards on 10 targets.

This means that the former undrafted free agent was in close proximity with his teammates. That could lead to further COVID-19 protocols forcing the already injury-plagued 49ers into sitting other players for Thursday night’s game.

NFL and COVID-19

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Regardless, this is a major issue. In addition to the 49ers and Packers, we’re already seeing outbreaks around the NFL. Most recently, that includes the Baltimore Ravens. Prior to that, the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots dealt with outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.

The point is simple. Roger Goodell and the NFL have made it a point to change protocols amid a virus that’s not controlled in the United States. Whether the 49ers broke said protocols remains to be seen, What we do know is that multiple NFL teams have faced the wrath of the NFL due to COVID-19 issues.

For now, the league is in a very tenous position when it comes to the virus. The related news surrounding the San Francisco 49ers adds another equation to this.