Report: Texans had a “batch” of false positive tests before Sunday’s game

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The Texans had a “batch” of false positive COVID-19 tests in advance of Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The report does not indicate when the false positives occurred, but subsequent retests were negative and no player missed Sunday’s game because of a false positive test.

“The system worked,” Wilson quoted a source as saying.

Players are tested daily, including a “pregame” test the morning before the game. Before the beginning of the season, the NFL implemented a new protocol that accelerated the process of identifying false positives. It assured that if a player tests positive on a Saturday — and it’s determined to be a false positive — he still could play the following day.

The new protocol came in response to a lab error saw the NFL hit with 77 false positive tests in mid-August.

The Texans have not had any positive COVID-19 tests, according to Wilson, and have not placed any players on the reserve-COVID-19 list since reporting for training camp. Several players tested positive during the summer.

7 responses to “Report: Texans had a “batch” of false positive tests before Sunday’s game

  1. If this is true there is an enormous credibility issue with the NFL. So the preparation protocol was impacted and the public was not made aware. Wagering public must be made aware of the issue that NFL kept on the hush, simply the known assumed anxiety is a determining factor. More importantly that there are false positives means that there were at some time positives. No, the system most certainly did not work if the information was kept from the public until the Tuesday after the Sunday game.

  2. That no player missed the game does not mean that no player missed practice. Would there not have been a temporary quarantine enacted?

  3. danielsong39 says:
    September 29, 2020 at 7:57 am
    I’m starting to think that they’re all false positives
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    There’s over a million people in the ground that would probably disagree.

  4. danielsong39 says:
    September 29, 2020 at 7:57 am
    I’m starting to think that they’re all false positives

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    That is so disrespectful to the now 1 million plus people who have lost their life around the world and their family and friends. It just does not matter or is not real unless it hits your household.

  5. I work at a hospital and we have had two staff die of covid. This, despite using every precaution we, and some better doctors in the world, could possibly think of. It continues to tick me off that certain people and the politicians they stupidly worship still lie about covid.

    This cannot be repeated enough: COVID IS NOT A JOKE.

    A situation like this one the Titans are in was bound to occur eventually. The NFL is going to have to be extra careful and precise going forward with it’s response or its gonna get a lot worse before it gets better.

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