Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich announced on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The team commenced training camp today, but did so without their head coach, who will quarantine until he's cleared.
The Colts released a statement that stated Reich was asymptomatic. The head coach is fully vaccinated. NFL protocols suggest that individuals who are vaccinated and asymptomatic and have tested positive must quarantine. They also need to record two negative tests at least 24 hours apart to be cleared to return to football activities.
Frank Reich is optimistic about being available for the Colts' training camp. In a statement, he said:
"I'm excited for training camp, however I'm disappointed I won't be there with the team as we start. I'm fortunate to be fully vaccinated and I'm asymtomatic. I'm feeling well and I'm looking forward to returning as soon as I'm medically cleared."
The NFL has been under immense pressure since rolling out its new vaccination policy. It didn't take long for fans to criticize the league's new policy on Twitter.
What are NFL fans saying about Frank Reich testing positive for COVID-19?
In the wake of Reich testing positive, NFL fans have had a mixed reaction online, with the majority saying that the head coach is asymptomatic because he is fully vaccinated.
Others have taken the opportunity to criticize the NFL's new vaccination policy.
Some comments have gone as far as calling out the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
ESPN's Mina Kimes also shared her opinion about the news, which led to another NFL fan questioning the NFL's new COVID-19 protocols.
The critical comments made about Frank Reich testing positive were not directed towards the head coach. They're directed towards the NFL and the new vaccination policy. The NFL could be in some hot water if more fully vaccinated players start to test positive during training camp.
It'll be interesting to see if any changes are made to the new policy during training camp.