When the Colts kick off training camp on Wednesday, they'll do so without their head coach. Two days before the start of its summer program, the team announced Monday that Frank Reich has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine away from the club's Grand Park Sports Campus in Indiana. The coach is fully vaccinated, asymptomatic and feeling well, according to a team statement, but will not be permitted to report to camp along with the rest of the team this week.
"I'm excited for training camp," Reich said, per the Colts, "however I'm disappointed I won't be there with the team as we start. I'm fortunate to be fully vaccinated and I'm asymptomatic. I'm feeling well and I'm looking forward to returning as soon as I'm medically cleared."
The team's announcement came just minutes after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that 13 different NFL staffers, as well as four NFL players, have tested positive for COVID-19 this month despite being fully vaccinated. The NFL and NFL Players Association, Schefter added, have recently been in talks about new COVID protocols that would potentially increase testing requirements for vaccinated staff and players. Fully vaccinated individuals are currently afforded significantly reduced restrictions under the NFL's revised camp protocols.
"I think Frank is a great example," Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Monday, of Reich being vaccinated but set to return to work in the foreseeable future. "No symptoms. You want to get vaccinated because you're not going to die. You won't end up on a ventilator in the hospital ... That's why."