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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers, already reeling from injuries, placed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday and declared all four of them out for Thursday night’s home game against the Green Bay Packers.
A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19, a result he received Wednesday morning after taking the test on Tuesday. Bourne was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list early Wednesday afternoon as the league and the 49ers conducted additional contact tracing.
Early Wednesday evening, the 49ers announced that left tackle Trent Williams and wideouts Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel also were going on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and they ruled Aiyuk and Williams out for Thursday’s game. Samuel already had been ruled out because of a hamstring injury.
Williams, Aiyuk and Samuel were all deemed close contacts of Bourne, a league source told ESPN, which is why they landed on the reserve list. According to NFL rules, players who are considered high-risk close contacts must remain on that list for at least five days and continue testing.
Despite all of that, Thursday’s contest versus Green Bay is expected to