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Bucs think Antoine Winfield Jr. had a false positive COVID test

Mike Florio anticipates seeing Tom Brady add his seventh Super Bowl ring to his collection tonight with his other six with the New England Patriots.

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.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that Winfield’s positive test on Sunday was followed by a negative one on Monday, which has led to the belief that the initial test results were false.

“Antoine tested positive, but today he tested negative, so we think it’s a false positive,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s the problem right now with these false positives, they’re missing two days. A couple of them are safeties, so we’ll just wait and see.”

Another negative test on Tuesday should set the stage for Winfield’s return to the field in Tampa.