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Michael Thomas: New Orleans Saints identify eight positive COVID-19 cases including wide receiver

Six assistant coaches and a team nutritionist have also tested positive for coronavirus; the New Orleans Saints are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday

Michael Thomas in action against the Bears last season (AP)
Image: Michael Thomas is one of eight positive coronavirus cases at the New Orleans Saints

Eight positive coronavirus cases have been identified at the New Orleans Saints including wide receiver Michael Thomas, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.

Six assistant coaches and a team nutritionist have also tested positive. All seven staff members have been vaccinated against the virus.

Two-time All-Pro receiver Thomas is currently on the physically unable to perform list and has now been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per the league transaction wire.

The Saints are now in enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocol, which includes daily testing for all players and staff regardless of vaccination status. A mask mandate has also been activated.

Meanwhile, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore underwent thumb surgery on Tuesday, days after signing a $97.6m (£70.6m) deal with New Orleans.

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Lattimore, 25, chipped a bone in his thumb in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers and could potentially play through the injury with a heavy bandage protecting his hand.

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The Saints (1-0) are scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers (1-0) in Week Two on Sunday.

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