Aaron Donald won’t wear face shield

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Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald doesn’t fear COVID-19. He is taking the precautions in the team facility and outside of it to try and remain healthy, but “once you are out there grinding with the guys, you kind of block all that out and it’s just football again.”

That’s why Donald hasn’t tried the new face shield.

“Honestly, I probably won’t even put that on,” Donald said in a videoconference Wednesday. “I need air when I’m out there running around and breathing with them long drives and stuff. I feel like, we’re out there; we’re playing up close. There is nothing you can really do. If a guy got it and I tackle the guy, then I probably got it because he is going to be sweating and spitting and slobbering all in my face. So, hopefully these guys are just doing what they need to do. The shield, they say it works, but I don’t really think it would, because the way football is played. Like I just said, that’s on guys doing what they need to do the right way outside of this facility, as long as guys do that, we’ll be fine.”

Oakley developed the shields, which cover the area over the nose and mouth and have holes to allow for breathing, as a way to limit the spread of droplets that could contain COVID-19. The face shields will be recommended but not required.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett also have said they won’t use a face shield.

14 responses to “Aaron Donald won’t wear face shield

  1. i just cant get over everyone pretending there will be a real season.
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    even if they did, the season means nothing with players opting out…not quit, but almost as bad as a strike season.

  2. This is a big reason the season will tank by the halfway point, players think their above covid 19 like they are above the law, waiting in lines at clubs ect….

  3. They shouldn’t even been given a choice. All players should have to wear it. Just like they all have to wear a helmet and shoulder pads.

  4. Hey Aaron, wearing the mask is one of the things you’re supposed to be doing. Talking about as long as you do what you’re supposed to do, while ignoring said advice.

  5. “I feel like, we’re out there; we’re playing up close. There is nothing you can really do. If a guy got it and I tackle the guy, then I probably got it because he is going to be sweating and spitting and slobbering all in my face.”
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    No, there IS something you can do. Wear a face shield.

    COVID is a respiratory disease. It does NOT transmit through SWEAT. And the point of the face shield is so that the “spitting and slobbering” doesn’t actually hit you in the face.

  6. And he thinks that he can’t breathe now, we’ll see. Some people just don’t believe the fire’s hot until they get burned.

  7. If there are holes in the masks, then yes, they might as well not bother wearing them, because they won’t work. You have to cover the nose and mouth completely to even be somewhat effective. Holes will make that pointless.

  8. Every other company out there is mandating their employees to wear masks but the NFL isnt?

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