The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a dominant 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, but they are reportedly dealing with a small COVID-19 outbreak heading into Week 2. On Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Saints have had a "handful of offensive coaches" test positive for the coronavirus.
Schefter later reported that there are eight total cases: six offensive coaches, one nutritionist and one player. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero added that the coaches and nutritionist are all vaccinated. He also noted the player infected is on Injured Reserve.
This of course calls their status for Sunday's matchup against the Carolina Panthers into question, but one member of the Saints told Schefter, "We'll be just fine." The Saints played their Week 1 "home game" in Jacksonville due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida. They hope to return to New Orleans for their next home game, which is in Week 4 against the New York Giants, according to Sean Fazende of FOX 8 New Orleans.
The Saints offense was one of the highlights of Week 1, as new quarterback Jameis Winston tossed five touchdowns while the offensive line asserted its will and set the tempo for the game. It's unknown who the player is who tested positive, but the Saints are reportedly in the process of attempting to thwart a mini outbreak.
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