New Orleans Saints fullback Michael Burton was retested and cleared after a positive test in Detroit on Saturday threw the game against the Lions into peril.
ESPN reported Burton’s point of contact test returned a negative result and the NFL informed the Saints that Burton could play Sunday.
The COVID-19 positive was not confirmed and the NFL tested his close contacts from late last week and from the team flight to Detroit. USA Today reported that one of the four players being tested because of close contact was star running back Alvin Kamara.
The Saints will move forward with their game at Ford Field against the Lions at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Positive COVID-19 tests impacted two other games this week.
Numerous positives among the Tennessee Titans caused the NFL to postpone their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers from Sunday to Week 7, and the NFL has pushed the game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs back to Monday or Tuesday after positive results on both teams. Quarterback Cam Newton was the only Patriots player who tested positive, as of Saturday night, and the team officially placed him on the COVID-19 reserve list.
The NFL had not seen any game times or dates impacted by COVID-19 through the first three weeks.
Coincidentally, the Saints on Friday asked New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell to allow fans (approximately 25 percent of capacity) to attend the team’s game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 12. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also emailed the mayor asking for the same, according to a letter written by the Saints to season-ticket holders.