The Seattle Seahawks have managed to get through training camp and nearly two full weeks of the regular NFL season without a single positive COVID-19 test. While wide receiver John Ursua did have a false-positive early on, the Seahawks have been diligent in preventing a coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s a really big deal,” coach Pete Carroll said during his Friday press conference. “It’s a really big deal in that this is kind of like stage two of the process of figuring it out. We figured out camp, our guys did a marvelous job – all the people that contributed to the process in the procedure to get that done in camp was fantastic. Then we went on the road for the first time, there’s a ton of stuff that you got to go through to orchestrate that thing, and we orchestrated it to where we made it all the way to, here on Friday, with all negative tests again. So that’s a major accomplishment.”
Carroll was sure to caution that it is still very early on in the year and not the time to let the guards down. Road games will remain tough challenges with the number of people traveling and the logistics of the trips. After Sunday night, there are still 14 more games for Seattle in the 2020 regular season.
“We haven’t made through, everybody’s got to get to the first couple weeks on the road and at home to figure out their process and how it works and fits and all that,” Carroll continued. “But yeah, I think I’m surprised in general that there’s so few positive tests happening around the league with all the people that are testing. It does show you, though, that the focus of testing every day has really brought our attention to the details that it takes to pull this off, and I think that’s a big part of it.”
The Seahawks will square off against the Patriots at home Week 2 with no fans in the stands, just another way to keep everyone healthy. Seattle is hoping its streak of negative tests (and wins!) continues on Sunday.