Only one NFL player tested positive for COVID-19 last week

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that only one player tested positive for COVID-19 through August 30– September 5.

During that period of time, 17,519 tests were administered to 2,641 players with only one confirmed positive test the league announced. Overall, teams adminsitered 44,510 tests to a total of 8,349 players and team personnel with only the one positive player test and seven confirmed positives among other personnel. 

These results bode well for the league which is set to open it's regular season Thursday with a matchup between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs.  

Overall the NFL has seen very few cases of the Coronavirus. The New Orleans Saints currently only have one player on the NFL's reserve/COVID list, running back Dwayne Washington. Players on the list are required to isolate after either testing positive for the virus or having a potential exposure to it.

Throughout training camp the team added three players to the COVID list but those players were quickly reinstated after those results were proven to be what head coach Sean Payton called false positives.

Saints tackle Terron Armstead said Monday that he thought the steps taken by both the NFL and Saints were working well.

"I think it's been a great job by the NFL with the procedures and protocols that they put in place. Great job by the home team, the way that the Saints have handled everything," Armstead said. "We're doing everything by the rulebook, everything by the codes to make sure everybody is as safe as possible. And it's been smooth."