Following news that two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players tested positive for COVID-19, the NFLPA put out a statement on Saturday, stating no players should be practicing together in private workouts.
In a statement by Dr. Thom Mayor, it is noted that the league is working on the best “mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season.”
A message to players from NFLPA Medical Director, Dr. Thom Mayer: pic.twitter.com/4IGlEBhRr9
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) June 20, 2020
Suspension of Multi-Player Workouts
The sports world and some of its most prominent figures have been hit by COVID-19 in the past couple of days. In addition to the Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Phillies had eight positive tests among players and personnel. All MLB spring training camps have been temporarily closed as a result of these tests.
In the hockey world, the Tampa Bay Lightning also had three players and staffers tested positive for coronavirus. Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews also tested positive.
One has to wonder how many more positive tests we will see in the coming days. As workouts resume, we are seeing more positive tests across all leagues and all sports.
College football is not exempt from this either. 28 Clemson student athletes and staff have tested positive for COVID 19 as well.
It will be interesting to see what each league does as a result of these positive tests. It’s looking more and more like these positive tests will be a recurring theme throughout the next couple of weeks. Now, the question is, what sports will return ,if any? This is certainly an a different set of circumstances than anything we have ever experienced before.
As far as the NFL is concerned, it will be interesting to see what the league does procedurally and in terms of workouts. Football by nature is a game where there is close contact with individuals and multiple players touching a football.
If the NFL wants to have a season in 2020, they will certainly have to think outside the box.