Right now, the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols are incredibly strict and, on the whole, working. Of the thousands of players in the NFL, there are only six of them on the COVID-19 list. The primary reason has been the testing: Players have been tested every single day since training camp began, a practice that will continue during the season. (Players will only not be tested on game days themselves.) But teams have also had the advantage of not traveling during training camp, which will obviously end once the season begins, since there is no bubble, and teams will playing at their home fields. The NFL had the advantage of watching other sports deal with the pandemic and seeing what worked and what didn’t, and their plan most closely resembles Major League Baseball, the other unbubbled major sport. MLB had a major outbreak with the St. Louis Cardinals, but not because the team violated the protocols, but because they obeyed them. The Cardinals, after several players tested … [Read more...] about The NFL Is Returning To a Different World. Can It Adapt?
“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback,” EA Sports said in a statement. “The team at EA Sports, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game… We look forward to seeing Colin on Madden NFL teams everywhere.” … [Read more...] about Colin Kapernick Returns To Madden NFL For First Time Since 2016
The only major policy that the league is not mandating to be uniform is a policy on fans in the stands. The NFL ruled that it will be up to the teams and local laws to determine the number fans it allows into stadiums, if any. To date, only six teams are preparing to welcome fans back to the stands (Browns, Cowboys, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Dolphins). … [Read more...] about NFL Has Only One Player on Coronavirus List
The NFL planned to use up to 2,000 wrist-mounted Kinexon SafeTag devices—the one publicly disclosed contact tracing technology tied to the restart—that players and staff would wear during practice sessions, games, and when traveling together. The watch-like devices blink and flash when the user gets closer than six feet to someone wearing another device, and records the interaction. The system, which is already reportedly in use by the NBA and a basketball league in Germany, could also theoretically allow officials to trace someone’s contacts within the NFL, should they fall sick with COVID-19. … [Read more...] about The Massive Blind Spot in the NFL’s New COVID-19 Tracing System
But as the $450 million man leads the Kansas City Chiefs against the Houston Texans tonight in the NFL season opener, a most unusual offseason comes to an end and a much different path begins in earnest for the country's most popular sports league. And the news is as focused on the events happening around the players as it is with them. … [Read more...] about As Chiefs and Texans clash, the NFL embarks on a changed path