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Report: 12 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19

Although twelve seems like a lot of cases, the positivity rate is probably quite low.

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According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, 12 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 as some players reported last week. With veterans report date being Tuesday, this number looks to increase as testing numbers will take a major leap.

The NFL’s new Reserve/COVID-19 List is reserved for players who have either tested positive or have been in close proximity to someone with a confirmed case. Although the NFL cannot legally release which category a player falls under, the fact many players have just undergone tests for the first time will probably mean the majority of these designations are from a positive result.

Whether or not a player tests positive or was just in contact with a positive case will determine their path to reinstatement from the Reserve/COVID-19 List.

It is also important to keep in perspective the number of players being tested starting on Tuesday when it comes to the number of positive results. With at least 2,500 players in the NFL being tested, even 100 positive results would result in only a 4% positivity rate.