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Sources: 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne will travel, be available vs. Saints

Kendrick Bourne is set to travel with his 49ers teammates to New Orleans on Friday and be available for the team’s Week 10 game against the Saints on Sunday, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Bourne’s removal from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list is expected to be formalized Friday morning, according to the sources. The 49ers are scheduled to practice Friday afternoon, then travel to New Orleans later in the day.

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The 49ers wide receiver has not practiced the past two weeks. He was ineligible to play in the team’s Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Then, Bourne tested negative on consecutive days to be removed from the list for what was described as a “false positive.”

But Bourne went back on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after another positive test. Coach Kyle Shanahan said that positive test was followed by more negatives.

“I mean, positive, negative, negative, positive, negative,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “I think everyone, those things happen, I guess, and we’re all just dealing with it. I know it’s a weird situation with him. It kind of is weird though, with everybody in the world, not just our football players.”

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Shanahan added, “So we’re just trying to do the best with the protocols and hope that he gets cleared up to where it’s always negative and hopefully we can get him out of here later in the week.”

 

Bourne is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver behind George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuik. He has 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown. Bourne figures to be one of the team’s top three wide receivers on Sunday, along with Aiyuk and Richie James. Deebo Samuel is not expected to play due to a hamstring injury.

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‘Look closely at everything’: Bye week will be working vacation for struggling Saints – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — The bye week has been pretty good for the New Orleans Saints historically. But they might appreciate it even more than usual this year.

Not only will the Saints (3-2) use this time to get healthier, just two weeks after they had six starters miss their Week 4 win at Detroit. But as I laid out earlier this week, they’re also badly in need of a reboot in all phases of the game.

So this will be even more of a “working vacation” than usual — especially since players and coaches need to remain in town for daily COVID testing, except for special circumstances.

“We’ve gotta look closely at everything — and the details,” Sean Payton said of the Saints’ approach during the bye week. Sean Gardner/Getty Images

“Everyone’s in town. So we’ll take advantage of it,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.

That doesn’t mean extra practice sessions (the Saints will hold a bonus practice next Monday, as they usually do). But Payton did suggest that the coaching staff might be putting in some extra hours.

“I said this to the coaches yesterday and again today: ‘We’ve gotta look closely at everything — and the details,’” said Payton, who agreed with the notion that it will be a “back to basics” type of week. “You know, we’re 3-2, and yet we just have to improve situationally in a lot of areas. And the good news is we’ve got time to do it.

“But that’s gonna require the honest evaluation of, ‘Hey, are we doing things the right way? Are we calling it the right way? Are the right people on the field?’ We have to answer those questions.”

In the past, the Saints used to give their players and coaches and extended break during the bye week – something Payton picked up from colleague Andy Reid around the time of New Orleans’ 2009 Super Bowl season.

During Payton’s first three seasons as a head coach from 2006-08, the Saints went 0-3 after bye weeks. So he asked Reid for advice, since Reid’s teams had always been so good after bye weeks. And Reid suggested the extended time off.

The Saints then won five straight games following the bye week from 2009-13, including the year when Payton was suspended because of Bountygate in 2012.

The schedule wasn’t foolproof, however. The Saints are 8-3 following byes since 2009 — including one of their worst performances in the Payton-Drew Brees era last year when they lost 26-9 at home to the 1-7 Atlanta Falcons.

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