Definitely, the NFL took a wild card to have the 2020 season on going amid the COVID-19 pandemic while the infection rates in the United States keeps on sky rocking each day.
Despite the numerous contingency plans being provided by the NFL to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 to all the 32-teams in the league, still, positive tests are being recorded week in week out of either the players, coaches, and members of staff.
Ahead of Week 9, the virus’s resurgence is evident following 4 franchises shutting their facilities and practicing remotely after positive tests for the COVID-19 among their organization.
Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts are the latest teams to shut their facilities indefinitely to curb the virus’s spread.
- Kansas City Chiefs
After being told that a member of their staff had tested positive for the coronavirus, the team took the initiative to shutdown their facility to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in their organization.
Just 3 Weeks ago, Fullback Antony Sherman came back from being placed on the COVID-19 list. After he came in close contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus before their game against the New England Patriots
However, the team will conduct all their meetings virtually as they are now in the NFL’s intensive protocol.
- Houston Texans
For the second straight week, the Texans will be shutting down their facility after placing 3 players, including their Linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Jacob Martin, and Dylan Cole, on the COVID-19 reserve list. They are expected to miss out on their Week 9 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
On Thursday morning, the team announced that due to a positive test for one of their players’ coronavirus, they decided to shutdown their facility and work remotely as contact tracing will commence.
- Chicago Bears
Barely, after placing their starting right guard Germain Ifedi due to close contact and backup offensive tackle Jason Spriggs who tested positive for the coronavirus on the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday.
The team announced shutting down their facility on Thursday after another player tested positive for the coronavirus, and they will be conducting their meetings virtually.
- Indianapolis Colts
After one of their staff members was forced to quarantine due to testing positive for the COVID-19, the team has begun the league’s intensive protocol to mitigate the virus’s spread across their organization. However, the team did their meetings virtually away from headquarters as the players practiced.
The infected staff member is being taken care of by the team doctors as the Colts emphasizes their highest priority, thus protecting their players, coaches, staff, and the people around them. That’s why they are working closely with the NFL officials and medical staff.
Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to the 2020 NFL season, and unless the 32 teams remain vigilant in curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the league, then we might see the premature end of the 2020 season.
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.