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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula leaves NFL Owners Meetings as COVID-19 close contact

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula was in New York City for the annual NFL Owners’ Meetings. Unfortunately for Pegula, he had to leave the meeting partway through Tuesday’s sessions after learning he was a COVID-19 close contact. Pegula flew to Buffalo, per The Buffalo News.

On Friday, Pegula attended the wedding of his daughter at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Per Daniel Kaplan, Jessica Pegula’s tennis coach tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday. That makes the wedding guests close contacts if they were within six feet for more than 15 total minutes.

Kim Pegula is not at the meetings in Manhattan and was not scheduled to attend.

The meetings run Tuesday and Wednesday and Pegula was supposed to update the rest of the owners on the team’s stadium plans Wednesday morning. Instead, Bills’ EVP Ron Raccuia will make the presentation.

Two teams were in attendance virtually, so with Pegula’s exit, that number will run up to three.

Other members of the Bills organization were at the wedding, as well, but we haven’t heard any fallout from that yet. Because the team personnel (including Terry Pegula) are vaccinated, they’ll only need a negative test to return to work at the team facility. They are likely to be tested through the end of this week to be sure.

Editor’s note: The earlier version of this story has been updated with new information.