Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad player tests positive for COVID-19

A player from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports, per source.

The team learned about the positive test on Friday night and will work virtually on Saturday as a precaution, says Pelissero.

The team will conduct and receive rapid-result testing results on Saturday.

Pelissero, via an informed source, later reported Jacksonville is placing practice squad offensive lineman KC McDermott on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

He added that other practice squad players may be added to the COVID list, too, as a precautionary measure due to close contact. Pelissero also noted that Jacksonville has its practice-squad players sit in a separate area during meetings in case one tests positive.

In addition to McDermott, the team added the following 11 players to the reserve/COVID list: running back Nathan Cottrell, tight end Ben Ellefson, linebackers Nate Evans and Joe Giles-Harris; receivers Terry Godwin, Josh Hammond and Trey Quinn; offensive linemen Jared Hilbers and Austen Pleasants; and defensive backs Doug Middleton and Josh Nurse. Defensive lineman Josh Mauro, who is currently suspended, was also added.

"Last night, we received results from our daily PCR testing that an individual on our practice squad tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "After confirming the positive test later in the evening, our organization began working with the NFL to review contact tracing data while the player self-isolated.

"As a precautionary measure for today, we made the decision to conduct our football activities remotely while following NFL protocols and recommendations. This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and the team's medical advisors. The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, as well as their families, is our top priority.

"We will continue to provide updates when they are available. We plan to play tomorrow's game as scheduled."

According to Pelissero, there is no expected impact on the Jaguars' upcoming game with the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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