Falcons shut down facility after reporting positive COVID-19 test

The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their practice facility after they reported a positive COVID-19 test.

"Out of an abundance of caution following one new positive test, we have made the decision to stop all in-person work at IBM Performance Field Thursday and will conduct all operations virtually," the Falcons said in a statement. "This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials. The health and safety of our team is our highest priority."

The Falcons are slated to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans recently had an outbreak that led to a 17-day stoppage. 

Atlanta placed rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. The team has been under heightened levels of protocol since then after not practicing Tuesday and coming back Wednesday. Rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell was the first player to test positive for the coronavirus once the season started. He recently came off the COVID-19 reserve list.

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