The NFL says it doesn’t need to wait for coronavirus data to gauge the safety of the players on the field or the players around them.
The league announced Monday that its health officials have found no evidence of coronaviruses in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room after their 27-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall said Sunday that he was testing positive to the coronaviral coronavillosis virus after the game, which was the second straight loss for the Steelers.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was named the league’s head coach of the year in 2015, said the team has been informed and that it will take some time to determine the status of its players.
Tomlin said the Steelers were advised by the NFL to wait until they had some more testing, and they did not need to hurry to treat the players.
“We were advised not to rush them,” Tomlin told reporters Monday.
“We have to see what they’re doing.
I can’t wait to see the results.
But right now, they’re out.
They’ve had the test, they have the vaccine.
The Steelers had been preparing for the coronovirus, which had spread across the country, and Tomlin has said he expects them to be fine.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league had sent out “careful notification” to all teams and said he did not believe the Pittsburgh players had been infected.
“That information was received and has been relayed to all parties,” Goodell said.
Goodell added that it was up to teams to determine how quickly they should take any new players.
“It’s not up to us to tell teams what to do, but we do have the power to order the teams to take measures to protect the players,” Goodell added.
The NFL said that in its previous test on Sunday, the Steelers had not detected any new coronavides.
It said it has sent out two other tests on Monday, one of which found no new coronas.
“The NFL has received and confirmed the results of two additional testing conducted today,” the league said in a statement.
“Those tests have not found any new cases of coronas.”
Steelers safety Antonio Brown said he was unsure whether he was infected, but said he is confident that he did the right thing by not wearing a mask on Sunday and by not using his helmet when running back Le’Veon Bell had been running in coverage.
The Steelers’ players have not been tested for coronas since Sunday’s loss.
Steelers safety Le’veon Bell said he’s confident he did what he needed to do to stay in a position to help his team win the game.
AP sports Writer Jeff Gross and The Associated Press contributed to this report.