The Packers will hold their meetings virtually today after a player tested positive for COVID-19 according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He layer reported that the player testing positive is rookie runni g back AJ Dillon.
The move is precautionary, but, to put it extremely mildly, this news comes at an inopportune time. The Packers are a little less than four days away from their Thursday Night Football matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, and a day of remote meetings would seemingly put a significant crimp in their plans.
This news likely puts Thursday’s game in at least some jeopardy and it could be postponed. That’s what happened in Week 6, after positive tests ahead of what was supposed to be a Chiefs/Bills Thursday night game resulted in the game being postponed.
However, it should also be noted that there is a great deal that we don’t know that will certainly affect the NFL’s calculations related to postponing the game. If the NFL is confident that the positive test is an isolated incident, the game will likely take place as scheduled. For instance, the Vikings had a player test positive on Friday, but Sunday’s Packers/Vikings game (disappointingly, it turns out) took place right on schedule.
Nevertheless, this remains an extremely inopportune time for a positive test. After an embarrassing showing on Sunday, the Packers had a short week to prepare for a team that embarrassed them even more thoroughly on two separate occasions last year. Now they have an added complication to deal with, and if they don’t handle it well, it could mean the first consecutive losses of the LaFleur era.
UPDATE: The Packers issued the following statement on Monday morning following the reports of Dillon’s positive test:
Statement from the Green Bay Packers pic.twitter.com/6RrDsO7NyQ— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 2, 2020