Niners Close Practice Facility; Thursday Night Game Expected To Go On

The San Francisco 49ers confirmed a report that they shut down the practice facility after a positive COVID-19 test Wednesday.

The positive player was wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 49ers are preparing to play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium, and for now, that game is expected to go on as scheduled.

“The San Francisco 49ers were informed today that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 and the individual immediately went into self-quarantine,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization has entered the NFL’s intensive protocol and we are working with the league on contact tracing to identify high risk individuals. All team functions will be conducted virtually today.”

The defending NFC champions are coming off a loss to the Seattle Seahawks and are likely to be vastly undermanned at receiver against the Packers.

For starters, Bourne will obviously remain out. The 49ers also ruled out Deebo Samuel with a hamstring injury, and Richie James has been limited in practice with an ankle issue. The Niners waived Dante Pettis on Tuesday, two days after he lost a crucial fumble against the Seahawks.

In case that weren’t enough, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo aggravated his ankle sprain Sunday and is reportedly considering surgery. Should he decide to go ahead with surgery, he would be out for the remainder of the season.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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