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Jarrett Bell | USA Today
Sean Payton was on the phone, talking numbers. Big numbers.
The New Orleans Saints have 179 people — players, coaches and staff — designated as either “Tier 1” or “Tier 2” under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for their role and proximity to the team. Payton, who in March became the first known NFL figure diagnosed to contract COVID-19, tries to compute the possibilities while pondering the merits of the “soft bubble” the Saints are operating under during training camp and perhaps into the season.
“Every night, we’ve got 170 stories,” the head coach explained to USA TODAY Sports.
A “story” is an account of how someone could be exposed to the virus.
“Hey, some stories are safe ones,” he added. “Some stories are long ones. The one assistant coach who had it, his nanny got it in Florida. She was in the house when he was there. So, those stories can vary. But, nonetheless, when you’ve got 170, man, you’d better recognize, that’s a lot of stories.” ...
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