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Bengals, Falcons, Dolphins reveal COVID positives, close facilities

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The Cincinnati Bengals had two players test positive during their Week 9 bye and will not return to their facility until Wednesday. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/d92af673e140dcf05ecd6680ac6bf152/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
The Cincinnati Bengals had two players test positive during their Week 9 bye and will not return to their facility until Wednesday. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A trio of NFL teams announced Friday that players or staff members tested positive for COVID-19, which resulted in altered practices and meetings for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Falcons were the first team Friday to announce positive COVID-19 results. The NFC South franchise said a member of the football staff tested positives. The team decided to halt all in-person work at IBM Performance Field and meet virtually.

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The team said the positive test result does not affect the status of its Week 9 game. The Falcons are to host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. EST Sunday in Atlanta.

The Dolphins said they were informed Friday that an assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19. The coach is now in quarantine. The Dolphins conducted a walkthrough practice session Friday at their Davie, Fla., facility before traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

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The Cincinnati Bengals -- who are on a Week 9 bye -- said they were made aware Friday morning that two players tested positive for COVID-19. Bengals players were last in the facility Wednesday and will not return until next week.

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The Falcons and Dolphins each said they entered the league's intensive protocol. The protocol involves shutting team facilities, deep cleaning and identifying potential high-risk close contacts of those who tested positive.

Sources told ESPN and NFL Network that the Green Bay Packers -- who beat the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif., -- had one player test positive from Thursday's round of testing.

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The 49ers, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs also closed their facilities earlier this week due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The Philadelphia Eagles also had a player test positive this week and are in the intensive protocol, but have a Week 9 bye.

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