Saints vs. Lions doubtful after New Orleans participant reportedly assessments constructive for COVID-19

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Saints vs. Lions in doubt after New Orleans player reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

Sunday’s NFL Week 4 game between the Saints and Lions may be in danger of being postponed after a Saints player reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and NFL Media reported Saturday night that fullback Michael Burton is the player and that the Saints learned of the test result after arriving in Detroit earlier in the day. Burton and seven other Saints players were tested or retested after contact tracing was done, according to the reports; results were pending early Sunday.

Florio also reported that Saints running back Alvin Kamara was sitting in close proximity to Burton on the team flight. 

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The NFL, Saints and Lions had not responded to the reports as of early Sunday.  The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Ford Field.

Two other Week 4 games have already been postponed because of positive tests. Sunday’s Steelers-Titans matchup was moved to Week 7 after 18 Titans players and staffers tested positive, and the Sunday afternoon Patriots-Chiefs marquee matchup was postponed for at least a day because a New England player, reportedly quarterback Cam Newton, tested positive. A Chiefs player, reportedly practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, also tested positive.

The NFL did not move any games in the first three weeks of the 2020 season even though there were positive tests.