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TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: Flags are run across the end-zone after a field goal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Buffalo Bills on September 18, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Bills 19-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday, one assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer is described as asymptomatic.

Two other Bucs assistants had to be quarantined as a result of the positive tests, per Schefter.

The Bucs are now the fourth NFL team to confront positive coronavirus tests after returning to their facilities. Multiple players from the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans have tested positive, including All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott. Broncos safety Kareem Jackson also tested positive this week.

Positive tests are emerging just as Dr. Anthony Fauci made troubling remarks about the potential for the NFL season to proceed as planned: “Unless players are essentially in a bubble, insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day, it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall.”

Patriots coaches reportedly won’t return to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro until the start of training camp, which is expected in late July. Coaches have been conducting virtual meetings with all positional groups for much of the offseason.

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