The menace of coronavirus is probably far from over since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in mid-march, which disrupted the world of professional sports creating havoc socially and economically.
The NFL has been experiencing the headaches of the virus in the league following multiple teams recording new positive tests for the COVID-19 among their players and spreading across their organizations.
NFL schedule has been reshuffled from its original calendar due to the postponement of games following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the league in response to curb the spread of the COVID-91.
The Green Bay Packers’ Running Back A. J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams tested positive for the COVID-19, and both are expected to miss out on their Thursday Night game against the San Francisco 49ers in their Week 9 game when the team travels to the West Coast.
It takes up to 18 hours for test results to come back, making it harder to determine who is positive or negative during that period. After suffering another defeat from the Minnesota Vikings 28-22 loss on Sunday, RB Dillon positive test was registered before the game.
The NFL contingency plans to curb the spread of the virus in the league include electronic tracking devices, and each player is mandated to wear them everywhere they go on the team facility.
It is meant to help after a player tests positive and the protocol of contract tracing in determining if anyone else is at risk as the device registers how long a player was within 6-feet of another player and recording the specific time.
Through contact tracing, the NFL was able to determine both Packers running backs Jamaal Williams and rookie linebacker Kamal Martin to be high-risk close contacts since they were both in close contact with Dillon on Sunday during their Week 8 game against the Minnesota Viking.
At the moment, only 3 players have been quarantined to mitigate the spread of the virus across the organization, and they are expected to miss tomorrow’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The NFL is confident to allow Week 9 game between the Green Bay Packers Vs. the San Francisco 49ers to go on as scheduled, ruling out any risks though remaining vigilant. Whoever the NFL is not clear on how many positive test cases are needed to lead to a rescheduling.
All the eyes will be set on running back Aaron Jones to come through for the Green Bay Packers despite doubts on his status, as he had missed 2 of their past three games due to a calf injury. However, they have running backs Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin, who are both healthy.
We hope that there won’t be another resurgence of the COVID-19 in their organizations, as witnessed in other teams that lead to their facilities’ closure.
Remember to wear a mask, keep a distance, and sanitize your hands whenever you go out shopping or workplace. Let’s stay safe for one other.
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.