We can’t out-rule the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is actually in the NFL league despite the countless contingency plans set to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Atlanta Falcons joins the list of teams that have been forced to shut down their facilities due to the positive tests of the COVID-19 in their organization.
Barely a few days after the Tennessee Titans facility was reopened following weeks of closure due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 in their organization. The Titans know too well the coronavirus’s wrath after having to close their facility twice following their staff members testing positive for COVID-19.
The Tennessee Titans had the first NFL’s COVID-19 outbreak, with a total of 24 members of the organization testing positive, including 13 players and 11 team personnel over a 3-Week span.
On Monday night, after days without recording any new positive test for COVID-19, the Titans got the green light to play against the Buffalo Bills, making it their first game in 17 days, and surprisingly they won 42-16.
The NFL isn’t taking any chances after the Tennessee Titans episode; that’s why they are redirecting the closure of the Atlanta Falcons practice facility following a positive COVID-19 test from a personnel member.
It puts the league in a dilemma, especially with the team scheduled to travel to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. But, predictably, the NFL might postpone their Week 6 game, but we will have to wait and see what unfolds in the coming days.
This past weekend, the NFL postponed the Week 5 match between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos after 3 Patriots players tested positive for the COVID-19.
Earlier on, Cornerback A.J. Terrell missed 2 games after testing positive for coronavirus, and on Tuesday, rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
On Wednesday, both the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers were enrolled on the NFL’s intensive COVID-19 protocol, which includes daily POC testing, all virtual meetings, and mandatory PPE use in practice.
The Falcons are adamant and hopeful as they practiced remotely against their game Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings.
In case there are further positive COVID-19 tests and the Falcon-Vikings game ends up being rescheduled, additional juggling of the schedule also would be required. Both teams do not have a common bye week.
On Tuesday, the NFL officials said they were considering adding the 18th week to the regular season to facilitate further rescheduled games but will only do so if they cannot play all games within the current framework.
We hope the 2020 season will commence as scheduled as teams battling it up for the league’s top spot amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the multiple new positive tests of coronavirus being recorded in the league each week. Let’s stay vigilant in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 by ensuring we wear a face mask, keep a distance, and sanitize our hands every time we 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.