Atlanta Falcons shut down facility after single confirmed COVID-19 case

  • Atlanta Falcons shut down facility after single confirmed COVID-19 case

Atlanta Falcons shut down facility after single confirmed COVID-19 case

The Vikings' noon kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium remains as scheduled after the Falcons reopened team facilities Friday morning in Flowery Branch, Ga., with Thursday's COVID tests returning negative.

The team has confirmed one positive test belonging to a team personnel member, not a player, a source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"Falcons are shutting down their facility after multiple positive tests, sources tell ESPN".

The stringent precautions - including daily testing, mandatory personal protective equipment and virtual team meetings - were installed after Falcons rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/Covid-19 list. Davidson tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told ESPN.

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons after he was sidelined from practices this week because of a groin pull suffered in last week's loss at Seattle.

The Tennessee Titans' outbreak has been the league's worst, with the AFC South club missing almost two weeks following more than 20 positive results between players and personnel. This is an important game for Atlanta under interim head coach Raheem Morris, and they are near full strength heading into it.