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Bengals have positive COVID-19 tests; team releases statement

This is the first time in the regular season that the Bengals have had positive COVID-19 results.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have become the latest NFL team to be affected by positive COVID-19 tests.

According to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the Bengals have had two positive cases during their bye week, though it’s unclear who tested positive for the virus.

Shortly after Schefter reported the news, the Bengals issued a statement confirming the positive cases.

“The Bengals this morning were made aware that two of the team’s players have tested positive for COVID-19. We are following applicable protocols and continue to prioritize the health and safety of our team. Players have not been in the facility since Wednesday. Under NFL bye week protocols, players will test daily but will not be back in the facility until next week.”

Because the team is on a bye, the two players who tested positive were likely not in the facility, so that could help prevent there being an outbreak within the team.

Players are required to be placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list once they test positive for the virus, so if these two players do have the virus, there’s a good chance they’ll be out next week vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And if they were in close contact with any other players, said players may also land on the COVID-19 list.