Kyle’s update, 1:50 p.m.: The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have placed WR Kendrick Bourne on the Reserve/Covid-19 List.
The Reserve/Covid-19 List was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, his club is required to immediately place the player on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Clubs are not permitted to comment on player’s medical status other than referring to roster status and may not disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.
Kyle’s update, 8:39 a.m.:
It was Kendrick Bourne.
49ers’ WR Kendrick Bourne tested positive, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2020
That means the 49ers, who just released Dante Pettis, and still will be without Deebo Samuel, while Richie James is still recovering from a sprained ankle, will be as thin as you could imagine at receiver.
According to NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan, the San Francisco 49ers have revealed a positive COVID-19 test and their facility will be closed immediately. There is no word yet on which player or coach tested positive, but the 49ers play the Packers in roughly 31 hours. I’d imagine that game gets pushed back to either Sunday or Monday at the earliest. Tom Pelissero tweeted that the game remains as scheduled for now.
With today being the day before the game, practice is generally a walkthrough. The 49ers usually have a red zone period where they go full speed, but other than that, Wednesday’s practice would have been a walkthrough. Now, all the meetings will be virtual. Contact tracing will be underway now as well.
The NFL will make a decision on whether the game will be moved soon. You have to imagine the Packers are either already en route to Santa Clara or have scheduled a flight at some point today. That will be something we’ll monitor. Also, whether there’s an outbreak on the team. Green Bay did not have any other positives in Tuesday’s testing, but Wednesday’s development with the 49ers could jeopardize the plans for Thursday night.
Previously, three 49ers have been on NFL’s COVID-19 list:
Richie James: on 7/27, off 8/4
Jeff Wilson: on 7/30, off 8/4
Fred Warner: on 8/31, off 9/9