Micah Hyde, Stephen Hauschka wary of how NFL will be able to handle virus

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With training camps in the NFL set to open in just over a month and the United States hitting a new record for new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the feasibility of exactly how the league will be able to execute its 2020 season remains.

According to Tim Graham of TheAthletic.com, safety Micah Hyde and kicker Stephen Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills are among the players that are scratching their heads over how the NFL will handle the upcoming campaign.

I want to see where things go in the next month or so, but seeing all these spikes across the country and all these college teams with outbreaks is not good,” Hyde said.

The NFL will not be trying to create an isolated environment as the MLS and NBA are attempting in Florida. They will be in their home cities and attempting to play a regular season schedule as close to normal as possible. Avoiding the virus altogether would appear to be impossible and could instead become an effort to mitigate its impact as much as possible. That effort will take the vigilance of players, coaches, front office personnel, trainers, physicians, referees and more in order for the games to be played this fall.

And even then it’s an effort that may not be successful in a contact sports such as football.

“How do you run a fair season when it’s a realistic possibility this can come through your locker room?” Hauschka said. “A quarter or half the team can test positive.

“It is going to be a fragile dynamic. If a team runs into issues and needs to have a bunch of players sit out, or maybe an older staff member runs into serious health problems, those are things that could really throw a wrench into the whole season.”

If large numbers of players begin to test positive and have to miss games, the season itself may end up being less about the competition on the field and more about the players who aren’t able to be on it. There are still so many unknowns about the undertaking ahead for the NFL. Hyde isn’t sure the league is equipped to pull it off successfully at this point.

“I don’t think I trust the league yet because you just need to look at society,” Hyde said. “More people keep getting infected.

“There needs to be a detailed outline of how things are going to work. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be addressed before we get to training camp. I don’t know if that’s even possible.”

8 responses to “Micah Hyde, Stephen Hauschka wary of how NFL will be able to handle virus

  1. I think when a couple of superstars catch it and have to miss 3 or 4 weeks, or 30% of a roster catches it and then gets blown out in the ensuing games with replacement players, hindsight will say that players will wish they had deliberately infected themselves in the offseason. If I’m a coach or GM I want my whole roster to get it NOW rather than during the season.

  2. The locker room spread is going to essentially be near impossible to contain. You can’t have that many people using 1 locker room. This is something they will have to get creative with. Cleaning alone isn’t enough, NFL teams aren’t limited to 11 starters like a soccer team who’s substutes don’t necessarily have to share the locker room, NFL teams are all active players come in and out of the game.

  3. There’s only a small chance that one of the players will develop serious complications.

    But this thing spreads like wild fire. So I can see it taking out enough of a team to force a forfeit.

    But real guys that should think twice about all of this are the coaches. Some of these guys are old and/or out of shape….So not a good thing for the the coaches.

  4. If you are uncomfortable playing in light of coronavirus, playing in the NFL is not an essential workforce, so you may quit.

    I am sure the avg person making 12 bucks an hour at the grocery store, that never shut down, is super sympathetic to your concerns.

  5. When has the NFL run a “fair” season? They want parity in the regular season with luck and poor officiating defining the playoffs.

  6. The locker room spread is going to essentially be near impossible to contain. You can’t have that many people using 1 locker room. This is something they will have to get creative with. Cleaning alone isn’t enough, NFL teams aren’t limited to 11 starters like a soccer team who’s substutes don’t necessarily have to share the locker room, NFL teams are all active players come in and out of the game.

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