The San Francisco 49ers have a quick turnaround as they’ll host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Or will they? Packers running back AJ Dillion reportedly tested for COVID-19. Dillon’s positive test came before Sunday’s kickoff. He ended up playing in the game and rushing for 21 yards. Adam Schefter said there are some concerns from his offensive teammates, and rightfully so.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that contract tracing is underway and, depending on close contacts, could have potential implications on Thursday night’s game. The Packers will hold meetings virtually Monday as a precaution after Dillion tested positive, per Pelissero. Aaron Jones hasn’t played in two weeks, and his status is in question for Thursday’s game. That would leave the Packers with one healthy running back: Jamaal Williams.
This could result in other RBs being put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If there was extended exposure, it could result in others missing the game. But testing will continue through Thursday leading up to the game. There is day-of testing to go along with the mandatory daily tests. If there are multiple positive tests, there’s a chance the game could be postponed. The NFL has already done that for a few games this season. Perhaps it’ll be pushed back to Monday. Perhaps the game will be postponed until the Niners bye week. We’ll be sure to update as the week goes along.