The NFL has made only a few concessions to the coronavirus pandemic. It didn’t delay the start of free company. It didn’t delay the draft. It has saved groups rolling by way of their offseason applications with the one tweak being that OTAs occurred nearly, moderately than in particular person. The league has staunchly maintained that it intends to play a full 2020 season and up to date reviews have indicated that it even intends to have followers within the stands for these video games, even when these followers need to signal a waiver. The NFL moreover doesn’t intend to delay the 2021 NFL Draft, even when the school soccer season needs to be postponed till the spring.
One change the league is reportedly contemplating, although, is shortening coaching camp rosters, along with coaching camp itself, in addition to the preseason. According to a number of reviews, the league is predicted to chop coaching camp rosters from the same old 90 gamers to one thing extra within the neighborhood of 75 or 80.
Ostensibly, the reasoning for that is that it’ll assist groups fight the coronavirus pandemic. Making an effort to scale back the chance of COVID-19’s unfold among the many NFL inhabitants is admirable, and the accountable factor to do. But the league might additionally most likely do greater than feinting in that route by lowering the variety of gamers in camp by 11 to 16 %. There will presumably nonetheless be the identical variety of coaches, trainers, and different personnel readily available, so it is probably that these cuts quantity to a discount of lower than 10 % of the same old variety of individuals in coaching camp.
Of course, there is no such thing as a one motion the league might take to ensure the well being and security of its gamers and coaches. With a communicable virus, there are solely levels of mitigating threat. But if that’s the precise intention, then merely dropping 10 to 15 gamers from coaching camp rosters appears considerably inadequate; as a result of whereas the presence of every extra participant in camp does probably elevate the chance of an outbreak, it isn’t as if teams of the scale the NFL will deliver to camp even after these cuts are universally thought of protected from group transmission.