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Falcons, Dolphins, Lions enter intensive COVID-19 protocol following positive tests

The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down in-person operations Friday following a positive COVID-19 test within the organization.

The positive test came from a member of the football staff, according to the team, which led to the organization conducting all operations virtually on Friday "out of an abundance of caution." The decision does not affect the status of Atlanta's game against the Denver Broncos.

As per the league's established procedure, contact tracing has begun within the organization and the team has entered the NFL's intensive protocol. The protocol mandates additional precaution (shutting down facility, deep cleaning, moving to exclusively remote work) while also identifying potential high-risk close contacts in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Falcons are familiar with the protocol. Atlanta joined Carolina in the intensive protocol in mid-October following a positive test from rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson.

The Miami Dolphins are also in intensive protocol following a positive COVID-19 test from an assistant coach. The Dolphins conducted a walkthrough practice Friday before facing the Cardinals as scheduled Sunday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported.

Later Friday, the Dolphins placed receiver Lynn Bowden on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters the team still plans to fly to Arizona on Friday, noting the assistant coach who tested positive is in quarantine. He said there's no concern of an outbreak at this time.

The Detroit Lions announced Friday they've been under the intensive protocol after being notified that a staff member tested positive. The team noted that the individual has not been in the practice facility for the last 48 hours.

The Cincinnati Bengals released a statement Friday confirming that two players tested positive for COVID-19. As Cincinnati is on its bye week, no players have been in the team facility since Wednesday.

"The Bengals this morning were made aware that two of the team's players have tested positive for COVID-19," the statement read. "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."

Green Bay Packers linebacker Krys Barnes tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. He's not experiencing symptoms as of right now, Rapoport added. Barnes exited Thursday night's game versus the 49ers early after suffering a calf strain. Rapoport added that he wasn't able to get an MRI because of the injury so the severity won't be known for a few days. There's a chance he's eligible to play in Green Bay's Week 10 game against the Jaguars next Sunday.

The team placed Barnes and quarterback Jordan Love on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Chicago Bears did not have a new player test positive from Thursday's testing, Pelissero added. Rapoport reported Thursday that center Cody Whitehair tested positive. It was confirmed Friday.

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