Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya will not be in attendance when their team takes on the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. It will be the first time in 21 years that they’ll miss a game their team has played, but there’s a good reason for it.
Synder and his wife were recently exposed to COVID-19 through a longtime friend who contracted the virus. They both tested negative, but they decided to remain at home out of an abundance of caution.
Washington released a statement from team physician Dr. Anthony Casolaro about the Snyders’ status.
From Dan and Tanya Snyder: After going to every game in 21 years they will be missing today’s after coming in contact with someone they have known for 15 yrs that tested positive for Covid-19. They are disappointed to miss, but are safe and will be cheering from home. pic.twitter.com/n191WYuwbT— Julie Donaldson (@juliedonaldson_) September 20, 2020
The Snyders aren’t the only owners to miss their first game in years due to COVID-19 health concerns. Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown missed his first regular season game in franchise history on Thursday when the Bengals took on the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. That broke a 52-year, 824-game streak for Brown, who at age 85 missed the game as a precaution due to the ongoing pandemic.
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