Second Chargers Starting Offensive Lineman Tests Positive For COVID-19

COSTA MESA (CNS) - A second Los Angeles Chargers starting offensive lineman has tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list today.

Trey Pipkins III, 24, started the past three games at right tackle. He is questionable for Sunday's game at Denver, coach Anthony Lynn said.

The 6-foot, 6-inch, 307-pound athlete has played in all six games this season. He played in 13 of last season's 16 games, starting three, after being chosen in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Sioux Falls, a Christian university in South Dakota that plays at the NAIA level.

Pipkins' test increases the number of positive tests among players on Los Angeles professional teams announced since Tuesday to six.

Ryan Groy, the Chargers' starting right guard the past three games, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Football Club announced Friday that two players have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting cancellation of all in-person activities at its training facility at Cal State Los Angeles. The team announced Wednesday night that a player had tested positive.

None of the names of the LAFC players who have tested positive have been released.

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was removed near the end of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday following a positive coronavirus test.

The Chargers resumed practicing Friday with what Lynn described as a longer practice than usual, incorporating some drills he had planned for Thursday along with what was planned for Friday.

“Everyone was locked in and focused,'' Lynn said. “We had a good practice.''

Lynn canceled Thursday's practice and sent the players who were at the team's Costa Mesa training facility, the Hoag Performance Center, home “to protect the team'' following the announcement of Groy's positive coronavirus test.

“I don't want to take any chances,'' he said. “I don't want anyone else getting infected potentially.''

Lynn said he also wanted to give players “some peace of mind.''

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