The New Orleans Saints have had eight members of the organisation test positive for Covid-19, calling into question their status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

The total includes six offensive coaches, one player and a nutritionist.

For now, the entire team is operating under the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, meaning mandatory masking inside facilities, daily testing, no in-person meetings and grab-and-go meals.

If they are asymptomatic, vaccinated players and personnel can return when they provide two negative test results 24 hours apart, per NFL protocols. Unvaccinated players and personnel who test positive must isolate for at least 10 days.

Saints coach Sean Payton said during the summer that the team’s coaching and personnel staffs were 100% vaccinated.