Packers set to travel as Thursday’s night game still on as planned

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The Packers-49ers game is still set to be played on Thursday.

There has been some uncertainty about the status of tomorrow night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, but for now, it looks set to be going ahead as planned.

Earlier in the week, Packers running backs AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams and inside linebacker Kamal Martin were all placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, ruling them out of Week 9.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Packers’ most recent COVID-19 tests were all clear, meaning they were set to travel today.

However, the situation became even more complicated with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that the 49ers shut down their facility due to COVID test results. Schefter later added that 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive.

It seemed the obvious call would be postpone the game to either Sunday or Monday, but that’s currently not the plan.

According to Schefter, the game is still planned to go ahead tomorrow night and the Packers will travel at 4:15 p.m. local time today.

The game is set to be played as planned tomorrow night, but what will happen if another player tests positive tomorrow? The Packers would’ve already arrived in California for the game. Would they fly back home then back out for the game at a later date, or would they stay there for a few extra days?

As it’s a Thursday game, rescheduling it for later in the week would appear to be an easier move than had a team had a positive test the day before a Sunday or Monday game. However, current NFL protocols mean the game can go ahead tomorrow night.

Hopefully neither team will have another positive test and the game will be a good one tomorrow night. But this will be something to watch closely.

For now, the game is set to be played on schedule.