Washington Football Team's Matt Ioannidis tests positive for coronavirus

JP Finlay
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Washington's Matt Ioannidis tests positive for COVID-19 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Football Team defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis tested positive for COVID-19 and will be put in the NFL intensive protocol which includes self-isolation. 

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Ioannidis has not played for Washington since sustaining a torn biceps injury during a Week 3 loss to the Browns. He’s been on the injured reserve list since early October and did not travel with Washington for this past Sunday's game in Detroit. 

That does not mean Ioannidis has had no contact with teammates, coaches or staffers, but his exposure would be much more limited since he’s not practicing. 

The NFL last month clarified that any player designated as a "high risk" close contact must also be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Those players stay on that list until five days have passed since their last contact with the infected person. On the sixth day any "high risk" contact players can resume club activities provided they continue to test negative. 

The team released a statement Tuesday morning explaining the current situation for players and staff and said it would follow the NFL guidelines. It read: 

“Our organization has entered the NFL’s intensive protocols. All meetings this week will be conducted virtually and the Inova Sports Performance Center will only be open to staff with limited access granted to the players. We will continue to work closely with the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer and follow the league’s guidance. The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff is our number one priority."

Washington is expected to have a light walk-through practice on Wednesday and at this point there are no expected changes to the game scheduled for Sunday against the Bengals at FedEx Field. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic across the United States, Washington had not had a positive COVID-19 test since tight end Logan Thomas in late July. The Football Team was one of just three NFL teams to get this far into the regular season without a positive COVID-19 test along with the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.