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Panthers work from home after 2 players placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Head coach Matt Rhule said the Panthers will work virtually Monday and Tuesday out of precaution following an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test result.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will work virtually on Monday and Tuesday after an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 result on Monday morning.

The team says the move was made out of "an abundance of caution."

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said he found out about the positive test just before 5 a.m., Monday morning.

The Panthers will not say if the test was for a player, coach or staff member, and when it might be confirmed as positive or negative.

The Panthers placed offensive lineman Michael Schofield on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. 

Schofield started Carolina's first two games at left guard against the Raiders and Buccaneers. Since then, he's had a limited role on special teams, including playing five snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears.

Schofield joins backup center Tyler Larsen as Panthers' players currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Starting left guard Chris Reed spent the first few weeks of the regular season on the list and confirmed he had a symptomatic case of the virus. Reed has since recovered and started Carolina's last four games.

The training room is still open for players needing medical attention, and early voting is continuing at Bank of America Stadium.

Rhule spent the day in his home office watching back film of Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.

"I try to always find the positive," he said, "I told our staff, take this time and have no distractions to watch this week's game." 

The Panthers will visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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