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Penei Sewell will miss Detroit Lions rookie minicamp after positive COVID-19 test

Former Desert Hills High and Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who was drafted No. 7 overall by the Detroit Lions, will miss the Lions’ rookie minicamp after a positive COVID-19 test.
Ron Jenkins, Associated Press

Penei Sewell’s first appearance on the practice field with the Detroit Lions is going to be delayed.

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft announced via social media Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, which will cause him to miss the Lions’ rookie minicamp, scheduled for this Friday through Sunday.

“Found out this past weekend I tested positive for COVID,” Sewell wrote on Twitter. “Really wish I was heading to my new home today and able to be at mini-camp with my new teammates and coaches. Look forward to getting out to the D as soon as I’m cleared!”

The former Desert Hills High and Oregon star was the first offensive tackle to come off the board during the 2021 draft. He is expected to contribute immediately for Detroit on a young, but seasoned offensive line.

The Lions’ offseason organized team activity workouts will start May 25 and run several days through June 17. The team’s mandatory minicamp is June 8-10.

Detroit opens the 2021 season hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 12 at Ford Field.