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Packers LB Krys Barnes reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

For the second time in a week, a sample taken from a Packers player on gameday came back positive the following day.

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Last week, Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon tested positive for COVID-19. Dillon’s test was obtained on Sunday before the Packers’ game against the Minnesota Vikings, and the positive result was reported on Monday morning. Now that situation is repeating itself for the Packers.

Linebacker Krys Barnes reportedly has tested positive, with his result coming in on Friday morning from a test taken on Thursday. According to the report, Barnes is not exhibiting symptoms at this time. The Packers flew to the Bay Area on Wednesday to play the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday evening and Barnes played in the game, taking the field for 25 total snaps, including 23 on defense. Barnes left Thursday’s game in the first half due to injury and did not return.

Following Dillon’s positive test, the Packers designated two players as being at high-risk due to close contact with him. Barnes was not one of them, but another member of the linebacker group was: rookie Kamal Martin. So far, Martin has not tested positive.

The Packers will now have a long week to prepare for their next game, as they are scheduled to host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, November 15. With a few days off through the weekend, the team will have an opportunity to stay home and work virtually to get a handle on the extent of the spread of coronavirus within the organization and the team facilities prior to returning to practice in several days.