6:16 PM ET
Several New Orleans Saints players and coach Sean Payton were up past 3 a.m., awaiting the negative coronavirus test results that allowed them to play a football game less than 10 hours later in Detroit on Sunday.
While Payton admitted some frustrations with the process that resulted in a false-positive diagnosis for fullback Michael Burton, he also acknowledged that curveballs like these will be inevitable this season.
And he was especially proud his team overcame it with a much-needed 35-29 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Saints (2-2) had to overcome a quick 14-0 deficit in the first five minutes Sunday while playing without six injured starters.
“It’s just one of those games you’re proud of your team,” Payton said. “It’s (the nature of) this game — it’ll test you from an adversity standpoint. And I think this year is gonna be that way for a lot of us.
“New England’s gonna have to travel tomorrow, play a game tomorrow night (because of a positive coronavirus test late in the week). And quite honestly, no one really cares. And I mean that in a good way — there’s far more other things that are important that