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The Crow’s Nest: A false positive, wristbands, and new protocols

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Bucs think Antoine Winfield Jr. had a false positive COVID test - ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers have been practicing without safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. and Jordan Whitehead due to positive COVID-19 tests, but it sounds like they expect to have Winfield back in action soon.

Choosing between Buccaneers’ Tom Brady, Patriots’ Bill Belichick was a no-brainer for Boston native Matt Damon - nj.com
Quarterback Tom Brady won six Super Bowl titles with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and picking up a seventh ring.

Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians bristles at perceived criticism over Buccaneers' vaccine-identifying wristbands
Bucs coach Bruce Arians took issue with any suggestion he was doing anything wrong by not requiring players to wear vaccine-identifying wristbands in outdoor practice.

Video Highlighting Tom Brady's Throwing Accuracy Deemed Fake, But It's Fun | HuffPost
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback posted the clip, but outlets are tossing it back in his face.

Leonard Fournette Breaks Silence on Controversial Deleted Tweet | Heavy.com
Leonard Fournette accepts making things more challenging for himself after deleting a controversial Twitter post before Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.

Wide receiver trade targets Saints - Canal Street Chronicles
Which wide receivers can the Saints afford to replace Michael Thomas?

Who are Atlanta’s roster locks heading into training camp? - The Falcoholic
The Falcons will have to determine more than 20 roster spots in training camp and preseason, if our very unofficial list is correct.

Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 47 days to go - Cat Scratch Reader
We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season.

Dolphins CB Xavien Howard: 'I'm not happy, and have requested a trade'
Searching for a new contract, Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard is now searching for a new team. The disgruntled defensive back released a statement on social media Tuesday saying he has requested to be traded from the Miami Dolphins.

NFL notifies teams of updated preseason COVID-19 protocols, including fines for refusing a virus test, to wear a tracker
With NFL training camps beginning in full force this week, the league sent clubs updated camp and preseason COVID-19 protocols Tuesday night, notably including discipline for all players -- regardless of vaccination status -- for refusal to wear tracking