Saints get positive test result for fullback Michael Burton after flight to Detroit

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The Saints got an unexpected surprise after they arrived in Detroit on Saturday night.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints learned late Saturday night that fullback Michael Burton tested positive for COVID-19.

While it’s possible that Burton’s positive is a false positive, the league and the Saints have commenced supplemental testing of players who were in close proximity to Burton. The league’s contact tracing identified three players. Four other players not identified via bracelets worn by the players were sitting near Burton on the plane, including running back Alvin Kamara.

Currently, the Saints are awaiting testing for the seven players, including re-testing of Burton.

Based on the precedent created Saturday in conjunction with the Patriots-Chiefs game, the Saints-Lions game should be postponed, at a minimum for a day or two, in order to allow further testing to occur (unless it’s quickly determined that Burton generated a false positive). Otherwise, Saints players could (in theory) spread the virus to other Saints players and ultimately to Lions players during the game on Sunday.

And all of this is happening at a time when the Saints should be fully focused on final preparation for a game that begins in less than 13 hours — and getting enough sleep before the game begins.

15 responses to “Saints get positive test result for fullback Michael Burton after flight to Detroit

  1. The saints don’t have a player that tested positive. They have six starters out who might play if the game is moved to Tuesday. Pretty slick move

  2. First it was the Titans/Steelers, then Pats/Chiefs and now Saints/Lions. This thing is unraveling and it’s only a matter of time before they cancel the season.

  3. First and foremost, i hope Burton was a false positive and if not, his health is not affected by this. Does anyone find it odd that all these positive tests are occurring after almost 4 weeks of none?
    On a lighter note, doesn’t Taysom Hill sometimes play from the fullback position?
    Hmm, wonder if he could play cornerback too?

  4. The people that said things would go off in October are obviously right…jeepers kreepers.

  5. False positive for burton. All the more fun now if they cancel games due to false positives

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