The San Francisco 49ers shut down their team facility Wednesday morning after receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19.
49ers’ WR Kendrick Bourne tested positive, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2020
According to the team, Bourne is now in self-quarantine and will miss San Francisco’s Week 9 game versus the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile, the rest of the organization is following NFL protocols and attempting to conduct contact tracing to find out who else may be infected.
Bourne’s positive test means he won’t be able to play against the Packers if the game goes on as scheduled, leaving the 49ers particularly short-handed at receiver after ruling out Deebo Samuel because of a hamstring injury and waiving wideout Dante Pettis. Receiver Richie James has been limited in practice because of an ankle issue.
Bourne had his best performance of the season in Week 8’s 37-27 loss to Seattle Seahawks, catching eight passes for 81 yards. Thus far, the receiver has compiled 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown.
The 49ers were already thin at receiver with Deebo Samuel recovering from a hamstring injury and Richie James hurting his ankle in Week 7. San Francisco also cut Dante Pettis, who had no catches this season.
#Packers RB A.J. Dillon is the player who tested positive for COVID-19, per source.
Contact tracing is underway. Depending on close contacts, especially within the small RB room, potential competitive implications on Thursday night's game against the #49ers.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 2, 2020
Whether or not the 49ers can play their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Packers has yet to be determined, though ESPN reports that the game is expected to be played. Green Bay is dealing with its own COVID-19 situation after running back AJ Dillon tested positive on Monday.
Fellow RB Jamaal Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday as “high-risk close contacts.” All three will not be available for Thursday’s game. Starting RB Aaron Jones is expected to return from a calf injury that’s sidelined him for the past two games, however.
The Packers were scheduled to fly to the Bay Area on Wednesday for the Thursday matchup.