Report: Former Detroit Lions FB is the Saints player who tested positive for COVID-19

Late Saturday night, news broke that a New Orleans Saints player has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was on the flight to Detroit for the Saints Week 4 matchup vs. the Lions.

Now, according to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Saints player to test positive is former Lions FB Michael Burton. Florio notes that three other Saints players have been flagged via contact tracing, four (including RB Alvin Kamara) are being retested because they sat near Burton on the plane.

From Pro Football Talk:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints learned late Saturday night that fullback Michael Burton tested positive for COVID-19.

While it’s possible that Burton’s positive is a false positive, the league and the Saints have commenced supplemental testing of players who were in close proximity to Burton. The league’s contact tracing identified three players. Four other players not identified via bracelets worn by the players were sitting near Burton on the plane, including running back Alvin Kamara.

Currently, the Saints are awaiting testing for the seven players, including re-testing of Burton.

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