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Los Angeles Chargers have player test positive for COVID-19

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The Los Angeles Chargers shifted their meetings to virtual sessions after the team was informed Wednesday night that it had a player return a positive COVID-19 test.

The Chargers made the announcement Thursday morning, becoming the latest NFL franchise to have to adjust its schedule due to a positive test. Though the team did not identify the player, it said he was immediately notified and that contact tracing was initiated. The player remained home in self-quarantine and participated in meetings remotely. The close contacts of the infected player also stayed home and worked remotely, the team said.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday afternoon that the player who tested positive is reserve guard Ryan Groy. The team placed Groy on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon.

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Coach Anthony Lynn said he decided to cancel practice for the day and have players meet virtually with staff. Los Angeles (2-4) is scheduled to travel to Denver to face the AFC West-rival Broncos (2-4) on Sunday.

"We’ve done a really good job with the contact tracing and our players take this very seriously," Lynn said. "But as of right now, we feel like we have it contained. We’ll get another round of testing back tonight and we’ll know more, but I want to make sure we keep it contained and give players a little peace of mind."

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Lynn said the team will have its Thursday practice on Friday, but will also work to make sure its plan for game install that was set for Friday also gets done before Sunday. To adjust for that, Lynn said that Saturday's walk-through, which is typically light, might include more preparatory work than normal.

Lynn said that there had not been discussions about moving the game from its scheduled slot.

"We continue to operate in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance," the Chargers said in a statement. "As has been the case since day one of this pandemic, the health and safety of our players, staff and community continue to be our highest priority."

During the HBO series "Hard Knocks," Lynn revealed in August that he had contracted the virus and emphasized the need for players and staff to observe precaution.

Lynn declined to offer specific details about potential symptoms but said the player was fine the last time he spoke to the player.

"You can never be too careful with this virus," Lynn said. "We finally came down with a case and now we just have to face it and deal with it. All the practice that has gone into (preparing for) this is now going to show."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Los Angeles Chargers have player test positive for COVID-19


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