Sean McVay tests negative for COVID-19 after close contact with Andrew Whitworth
The dreaded coronavirus continues to pose a threat to everyone including the NFL players. The recent spike in positive cases in America involved Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth and his family.
After having close contact with the veteran, Rams head coach Sean McVay underwent a coronavirus test as a precautionary measure as well.
Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic disclosed the news on Twitter:
Per source, Rams LT Andrew Whitworth and head coach Sean McVay had been in some close contact in the last month – Whitworth and his entire family tested positive for COVID-19 during that time span.
McVay was tested as a precaution and was negative, the source said.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 17, 2020
With a positive result of the coronavirus, the four-time Pro Bowler might not make it in time of the opening of training camp which is already scheduled for next week. He might also be forced to sit out indefinitely if symptoms don’t persist and he continues to be tested as positive.
The looming absence of Whitworth will be a huge blow to the Rams’ offensive line. The 14-year veteran has started and played in all 16 games last season. The Rams front office also recently signed a contract to secure Whitworth’s services at a price tag of a 3-year, $30 million deal. Another offensive lineman in Austin Blythe was retained by the team in the tune of a one-year, $3.9 million contract.
The team will be sharing the NFC West division together with its reloaded division rivals in the upcoming season. The division title will be an open race and will be up for grabs for any of the four NFC West teams, with the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers likely the favorite.
The Los Angeles-based team will be looking to build on their 9-7 finish last season in order to make a return trip back to the Super Bowl stage once again. Opening week action will commence as the Rams face the Dallas Cowboys on September 14 at SoFi Stadium.