We can’t ignore the fact that the NFL is working hard in ensuring the 2020 season continues despite the countless positive tests for the COVID-19 among the 32 teams being recorded.
The NFL has proven to be adamant in disciplining whoever breaks the COVID-19 protocols. They keep sending a memo to all the 32 teams in the league, reminding them to maintain and observe the set rules and regulations in curbing the coronavirus’s spread.
The league is currently dealing with a coronavirus outbreak after various teams were forced to close their facilities and postpone their games following recording more COVID-19 positive tests among their organization.
Recently the Denver Broncos Running Back Coach Curtis Modkins tested positive for COVID-19 and was left behind when the team traveled to New England ahead of their Week 6 game against the Patriots. The matchup has already been postponed twice after several Patriots players tested positive for the COVID-19, including Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton.
Denver Broncos Running Back Melvin Gordon didn’t accompany the team on its trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat unrelated to the coronavirus. Gordon could face a 3-game suspension from NFL for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and risks from getting his remaining guarantees in his contract.
Gordon was quick to apologize to everyone, including the team CEO Joe Ellis, general manager John Elway, and his teammates after the incident. It proved to be effective because the team has declined from penalizing or suspending him. But that won’t be enough to save him from the potential disciplinary action from the NFL.
The mandatory suspension for DUI was increased from 2-3 games following the agreement ratification in March. Gordon will lose nearly $800,000 in-game checks if found guilty if served next season at his current salary.
It is unclear whether the Denver Broncos will take advantage if need be in case Gordon is suspended, which allows them to void a $4.5M full guarantee on Gordon’s 2021 base salary.
The 27-year-old Gordon is under medication for the strep after he tested positive and won’t be in the squad when they visit the Patriots for their Week 6 game though if the Broncos were hosting the Patriots, then Gordon might have played for them.
Currently, the Denver Broncos haven’t had a player go on the COVID-19 reserve list apart from tight end Andrew Beck during intake screening in late July. The running back Melvin Gordon tested negative to all COVID-19 tests alongside his teammates.
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13; until then, we will have to wait for the verdict.
We hope that the Broncos will win in New England against the Patriots even without the running back Melvin Gordon, and there won’t be any positive tests for the COVID-19 aftermath from the game.
Let’s remember to wear a mask, keep a distance, and sanitize our hands whenever you go out to the workplace or shopping.
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.