It has been a rough and tumultuous week for the NFL due to the COVID-19 pandemic with players violating the NFL’s coronavirus protocols yet insinuating that the NFL isn’t protecting them.
Times ahead seems to be getting harder and harder for the NFL as games are being postponed due to the rapid increase of positive tests of COVID-19 in the league.
The NFL has been adamant in executing disciplinary measures to anyone and their respective clubs in breaking the COVID-19 protocols, which were set by the NFL to safeguard the health and safety of all the players, coaches, and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 disrupted the world of professional sports halting many leagues to cancel, postpone, and even ending their 2020 season. But the NFL was adamant about having the season going no matter what amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the backing support of the franchise owners.
Earlier, they provided players with the option to opt-out of the 2020 season either voluntarily or at high risk in terms of the COVID-19—players who opted-out voluntarily were offered a $150000 stipend while those considered high-risk players $350000 stipend.
At that point, it was unclear to have the 2020 season from starting with experts differing on the subject of having to kick-off the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL and NFLPA collaborated in coming up with contingency plans ahead of the starting of the 2020 season.
At the moment, the NFL is facing countless outbreaks of the COVID-19 in the league, with players testing positive for coronavirus, enforcing them to reschedule games.
New England Patriots game against Denver Broncos, scheduled to occur on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely after another Patriots player tested positive for the COVID-19.
The Patriots seem to be feeling the wrath of the COVID-19 week in week out with shutting down their facility following their high-profile players testing positive for the virus, including the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Quarterback Cam Newton.
Despite not having positive cases of the COVID-19 in their team, the Broncos are affected by losing their planned bye week and forced to take it earlier than they anticipated. For instance, the Broncos won’t play the Miami Dolphins in Week 6, and worse, they are now losing their Week 8 bye due to the NFL’s rescheduling.
It is an advantage for the Patriots because it creates time for their quarterback Cam Newton to be back in action after he tested positive for the COVID-19 in Week 4.
It is unclear what to expect other than the rescheduling of games but what’s clear is that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. The NFL better come up with another contingency plan as quickly as possible before the situation in the league worsen and gets out of control.
Remember to wear a mask, keep a distance, and sanitize your hands every time you go out.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.