Even though the Detroit Lions fell to 0-7 on Sunday, Dave Fipp did an impressive job dialing up plays for the special teams. The onside kick and the fake punts vs. the Rams gave the Lions a chance to win their first game. Fast forward several days, and now Fipp can’t even enter the Lions facility due to NFL covid protocols.
Fipp told reporters that on Tuesday, he tested positive for COVID-19. Like all NFL teams, his testing for covid was part of the standard procedures for testing coaches and staff.
“I tested Tuesday morning. [I] went into the building, [and] into my office, waited to get the results back. And the results came back positive,” said Fipp. “Fortunately, the building was able to give me all of the video equipment and everything that we need.”
Fipp said that he’s attended all of the meetings via Zoom and acknowledged how supportive head coach Dan Campbell and the players have been.
Before Fipp can rejoin the team in person, he’ll need two negative covid tests on back-to-back days. Despite the test results, he’s in great spirits.
“I feel terrible because I feel great, to be honest with you,” said Fipp to reporters. “I know this disease is devastating to some people and I think that’s the hardest thing with the whole thing. Everybody has such a different experience with it. For me, I mean, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt.”
“Fortunately for me, I feel great. I feel totally healthy. I have no symptoms.”
This Sunday, the Lions will take on Fipp’s old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, at Ford Field. As of now, it’s unclear if Fipp will be able to attend. On Thursday morning, he did test positive again after taking a rapid test. He’s testing for covid twice a day, one being a rapid test and the other being overnight.
With Dave Fipp out, assistant special teams coach Jett Modkins will take over his responsibilities in his absence.
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