INDIANAPOLIS — “All is well.”
That was the message from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said Sunday’s game between the Colts and Cincinnati Bengals would proceed as scheduled.
“All is well. Details shortly. COLTS-BENGALS 1PM SUNDAY!”
In an earlier statement, the Colts said several individuals within the organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said it was in the process of confirming the positive tests.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing sources, one Colts player and three staff members had “troubling initial tests” but all four “came back as false positives.”
The team confirmed the information in a new statement, saying the samples were re-tested and the practice facility would reopen Friday afternoon.
Here’s the team’s latest statement:
Earlier this morning, we were informed that four individuals within the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The four positive samples were re-tested and have been confirmed negative. After consultation with the NFL and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Sills, the team will open the practice facility this afternoon under the league’s intensive protocol and will continue preparation for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
The Colts haven’t had a positive test since training camp started. Two players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list at the start of camp: cornerback Jackson Porter and wide receiver Malik Henry. Neither player is with the team anymore, and the team hasn’t had a positive test until Friday’s announcement.
Here’s the team’s earlier statement from Friday morning:
This morning, we were informed that several individuals within our organization have tested posted for COVID-19. The team is currently in the process of confirming those tests. In the meantime, the practice facility will be closed and the team will work remotely while following NFL protocols. We are in communication with the NFL and will have more information when available.
The Colts certainly aren’t alone when it comes to reported positive tests. The NFL has had to juggle this year’s regular season schedule after positive tests were reported among several teams, including the Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.