The NFL ordered its teams to end all in-person team activity Monday and Tuesday in a note from league commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday night.
In the memo, the NFL cites concerns about the rising COVID-19 positivity rate across the country and an understanding that many players and staff celebrated Thanksgiving with outside guests. from the city. Medical authorities have widely feared a spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving.
The NFL shut down before the shutdown applied to games and practices. All of Sunday’s games, the day before the shutdown, will be played, as will Monday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles and Tuesday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFL has informed clubs that all in-person team activity will be banned on Monday and coming Tuesday – a mitigation measure in light of rising COVID-19 positivity rates across the country and many players and staff with Thanksgiving guests. The ban does not include games. pic.twitter.com/ObytXZz5Sg
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“All activities must be carried out virtually [on Monday and Tuesday], with the exception of essential medical treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of a team doctor or athletic trainer, ”Goodell said in the memo. “Medical staff and players must continue to abide by the rules set out in the Intensive Protocol. In addition, players and staff should be reminded that gatherings of any kind outside the facility are prohibited.
Essentially, the NFL seems to be hoping that any employee who caught COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Day won’t become contagious until Monday, unless they’re playing Monday night or in a postponed Thanksgiving game due to a COVID outbreak. 19.
NFL still faces fallout from Ravens outbreak
The NFL shutdown comes with more than a dozen Ravens players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, including starting quarterback Lamar Jackson.
As it stands, the Ravens will face the Steelers 10-0 at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday while missing several starters, five days after the game was originally scheduled to take place.
The Ravens outbreak appears to be slowing down on Friday after just one player, who is on the training squad, tested positive that day. This is still the league’s latest example of headaches that crop up trying to play through a pandemic.
Hopefully the two-day shutdown can help the NFL avoid a similar situation in the future.
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