Rams Player Tests Positive For COVID-19 as NFL Enacts Sweeping New Rules


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    Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Rams placed three practice squad players on the reserve/COVID-19 list today, one day after announcing that a player was in self-quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

    Tight end Kendall Blanton, safety Jake Gervase and wide receiver J.J Koski were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which is designated for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an infected person or persons.

    The positive coronavirus test prompted the Rams to announce that they would conduct nearly all football activities remotely. The only exception will be select players with assigned rehab, the team said in a statement released Tuesday night.

    “Out of an abundance of caution we are entering intensive protocol'' the statement said. “The decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials as the health and safety of the team is our highest priority.''

    Meanwhile, the National Football League announced sweeping new COVID-19 regulations Wednesday for all 32 teams that will go into effect Saturday.

    Among the rules:

    -- all players and coaches must have a negative from the previous day's testing before entering the team facility;

    -- all meetings being held virtually unless they can be held outdoors or indoors with a pre-approved plan;

    -- face coverings must be worn at all times at the facility, including on the practice field by all personnel;

    -- all meals must be served in grab-and-go style to prevent people from congregating in meal rooms;

    -- locker room use is strongly discouraged on non-game days; and

    -- team or player gatherings away from the facility are prohibited.

    The Rams are scheduled to play at Tampa Bay on Monday night.

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