Carolina Panthers Enter Intensive COVID-19 Protocol After Atlanta Falcons DT Tests Positive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that they have entered the NFL’s intensive protocol after being exposed to Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson. The Falcons placed Davidson on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

Davidson was placed on the list just two days after losing to the Panthers in Atlanta.

As of Wednesday morning, Carolina has not placed a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list, making these precautionary measures.

NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills, in consultation with the club infection control officer and medical staff, determines when teams must follow the Post Exposure COVID Procedures, as well as when they are relieved of the additional steps.

According to Panthers officers, they have already implemented most of the intensive protocol steps in their regular weekly schedule. Still, there will be a few changes for the week of preparation for the Bears which include the following:

  • Practice or walk-throughs can happen on the practice field or at the indoor facility, but all coaches and staff must wear masks, and all players must wear an
  • Oakley Faceshield or mask. Players can remove their helmets for breaks but must be more than six feet away from one another.
  • Coaches may not have any in-person meetings in a room smaller than the full-team room.
  • Only 10 players may work out in the weight room with a maximum of five staff members in the room.
  • The only sustained player activity inside the facility may be medical and rehab. Players may participate in outdoor rehab, but only if they’re by themselves or supervised by one therapist at an appropriate distance.
  • All players must get their COVID-19 PCR test results from the previous day before any players are permitted in the facility.
  • All meals must be grab-and-go to eliminate seating in the meal area.
  • Players can only be in the locker room for 15 minutes or less with masks worn at all times.