NBC Sports Matt Maiocco reported that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne’s test from Wednesday was a false positive. Maiocco stated that Bourne and three others who live with him have all tested negative. That won’t change the fact that Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Williams, and Deebo Samuel must remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
There were no more positive tests on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Since the Green Bay Packers had already arrived in Santa Clara, that’s why the game will continue as scheduled. Rapoport reported that Bourne testing negative on his most recent test doesn’t mean his previous COVID-19 test was a false positive. Rap Sheet said it’d happened plenty of times before, in the NFL, and 98% of the time, players have been proven to be positive.
Rapoport added that the NFL it’s part of the normal process for the NFL to review this, and one of the key issues would be determining whether Bourne was wearing a mask. If you follow Bourne on Instagram, you know the answer to that question.
Update: Kendrick Bourne's test came back positive Wednesday and negative today. There have been 104 instances this season of a positive one day and a negative the next - and it has been proven positive 101 of the 104 times with further testing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2020
Jennifer Lee Chan reported that if the game were Sunday, the 49ers would likely have all of its available players to suit up. Since money is far more important, the game will remain as scheduled for Thursday night.