The decision to close the facilities was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials and does not affect the status of Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay, the Falcons said.
The Falcons placed defensive end Dante Fowler on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list Nov. 14.
Fowler became the 11th Falcons player to appear on COVID-19 list. The others are defensive linemen John Cominsky, Marlon Davidson and Tyeler Davison, defense backs A.J. Terrell, Jamal Carter, Chris Cooper and Jaylinn Hawkins, quarterback Danny Etling, fullback Keith Smith and linebacker Foye Oluokun. Etling later was released.
The Falcons have shut down their facility in Flowery Branch three times because of COVID-19 concerns – on Oct. 15, Nov. 6 and Thursday. The Falcons are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status other than to refer to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether a player is in quarantine or tested positive for COVID-19.
The Falcons were the first team to have a player on the COVID-19 list this season, before there were outbreaks in Tennessee, New England, Oakland, San Francisco and Cleveland.
The Falcons (4-11) are set to play Tampa Bay (10-5) in the regular-season finale at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Falcons’ 2021 draft position
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. New York Jets
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
5. Cincinnati Bengals
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