INDIANAPOLIS – After nearly three months without having a positive COVID-19 test, the Colts are dealing with their first potential COVID issue this season.
On Friday morning, the Colts sent out the following statement stating that several individuals within their organization have tested positive for COVID-19:
“This morning, we were informed that several individuals within our organization have tested positive 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 were scheduled to have their final practice of the week at 12:15 PM on Friday. They will now be virtual all day on Friday, which is typically the shortest ‘work’ day of the week for the Colts.
It remains to be seen how Friday’s news will impact Sunday’s game between the Colts and Bengals. That game is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Could that game be delayed to Sunday night? Monday? Or even Tuesday?
If these tests prove to be false positives, it’s possible the game still goes on as scheduled, with 12,500 fans scheduled to be inside of Lucas Oil.
One advantage delaying such a game would have, is the Bengals are just a 90-minute bus ride away from Indianapolis, so traveling day of game would be very doable.
The Colts have their bye week, next week. The Bengals have their bye in Week 9.
Back on July 27th, right before the start of training camp starting for the Colts, the Colts placed WR-Malik Henry and CB-Jackson Porter on the COVID-19/reserve list. Porter came off the list on August 11th. Henry was activated off that list on August 12th and then waived. Porter was waived at final roster cuts on September 5th.
Up until Friday, that’s the only COVID-19 player related news the Colts have had in 2020.
In early August, Colts defensive backs Rolan Miligan and Marvell Tell opted out of the 2020 season.
The Colts have said they will not have their normal media availability (Frank Reich’s final presser of the week) on Friday.
We will have further updates to this story.