The Indianapolis Colts have reopened their facility and Sunday’s NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals is on after a coronavirus scare.
Earlier on Friday, the Colts closed their practice facility after being informed of “several” positive COVID-19 tests within the organisation – with no initial specification over whether those affected were players.
However, the four positive samples were then re-tested, and all found to be negative.
The Colts have therefore reopened their doors and will face the Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium, where there have been a limited number of fans at games.
“Earlier this morning, we were informed that four individuals with the organisation tested positive for COVID-19,” the Colts said in a statement.
“The four positive samples were re-tested and have been confirmed negative.
“After consultation with the NFL and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Sills, the team will open the practice facility this afternoon under the league’s intensive protocol and will continue preparation for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.”
Sunday’s games: On as scheduled.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 16, 2020
Colts had one player and three staff members with troubling initial tests, but all four came back as false positives after the rerun, per sources.
Bengals at Colts, Sunday, 1 pm.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
Prior to the team’s announcement, owner Jim Irsay had delivered a positive update, tweeting: “All is well. Details shortly. COLTS-BENGALS, 1PM SUNDAY!”
The Colts are second in the AFC South at 3-2 following a 32-23 defeat to the Cleveland Browns last time out, while the Bengals are 1-3-1 after going down to a 27-3 loss at the Baltimore Ravens.