The Falcons had some bad news yesterday: Adam Schefter reported that four people in the organization tested positive for COVID-19, inciting fears that Marlon Davidson had spread the contagious disease to others on the team. It was looking like the start of the same situation the Tennessee Titans dealt with weeks earlier, causing multiple games to be shuffled.
The news got better as Schefter was apparently incorrect. Only one assistant coach was positive. This was good news, suggesting there was not an outbreak in Flowery Branch. However, future tests would be very important in determining if the Falcons could play or if the schedule needed to be shuffled to allow for things to calm down.
The news finally got good with no additional positive test results.
Falcons tests have cleared, and players and staff are returning to their facility today, per source. Game on track for Sunday in Minnesota.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
The Falcons are officially bad at the facility today, likely under heightened precautions such as masks during practice and limited number of people in different locations. However, it is a major step in the right direction after a week of turmoil.
The Falcons are now without Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff, Ben Kotwica, had to shut down due to the positive test result earlier in the week, and long-time beat reporter Vaughn McClure passed away suddenly. Being able to get back and practice will be big in showing up for Sunday.
We will keep our eyes out for test results both Saturday and Sunday morning. As we have seen with the Titans, the results can sometimes lag. However, the early indications are Sunday’s game should kickoff at 1 pm EST.