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Report: Bears vs. Falcons game a go after A.J. Terrell positive Covid-19 test

The Falcons are going through contact-tracing following A.J. Terrell reportedly testing positive for Covid-19. The league thinks Sunday’s game with the Bears will happen, but contact tracing and additional testing is underway.

General view of the Atlanta Falcons taking the field prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport is reporting the game is a go with no Falcons players or personnel testing positive during the Saturday testing.

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to host the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, but the game is in question due to Covid-19. Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell tested positive for Covid-19, according to multiple reports and had practiced with the entire team before learning of the result. The team has not confirmed Terrell’s positive test, but contact tracing is underway. We won’t know until later Sunday morning whether or not the game will need to be postponed.

Terrell took the test on Friday, practiced later that day, and then learned of the positive result on Saturday. He did not take part in the team’s Saturday walkthrough after learning of the result and has been placed on the Covid-19 injured reserve list. If Sunday’s game happens, he will not play in it.

The NFL and NFL Players Association are conducting contact tracing of the Falcons, and the league is awaiting results from Saturday Covid-19 tests. Those results will arrive Sunday morning. Players wear tracking devices while inside team facilities to assist with contact tracing.

The league was “hopeful” Saturday evening about the game being played, but until contact tracing and the next round of testing is completed, the game remains up in the air, according to Washington Post reporter Mark Maske. One concern would be that even if nobody tests positive, it can take more than a day for the virus to show up. Saturday morning testing does not guarantee nobody contracted the virus from Terrell on Friday.