The 49ers have closed their facility a day before they’re scheduled to host the Packers due to a positive COVID-19 test. News of the test broke this morning, only hours after the Packers got word that they’ve been cleared to proceed with Thursday’s game.
It’s not clear yet how this could affect the Week 9 matchup, but a postponement is presumably on the table. The game could be pushed to Sunday or Monday to give both teams the opportunity to sort out their rosters a bit, though NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says for right now, the game is still expected to be played on schedule.
If the game is postponed, it could give the Packers a chance to get a couple of players back. Kamal Martin and Jamaal Williams were both deemed high-risk close-contacts after A.J. Dillon’s positive test and were subsequently ruled out for this week. Should the game be delayed, they may be able to play.
That would be a boost for the Packers, if only for the fact that they currently only have two healthy running backs and one of them is on the practice squad. Aaron Jones is still nursing an injured calf, and with Williams and Dillon sidelined with the virus, the Packers only would have had Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams available.
Update: The 49ers player who tested positive is wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.