Visiting team locker room arrangements in some stadiums may prevent protocol compliance

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In its COVID communications with teams, the NFL seems to be taking the position that, basically, “if you follow the protocols you’ll be fine and if you’re not fine you must not have followed the protocols.” That makes teams uncomfortable, for various reasons.

Beyond the question of whether the protocols are truly good enough to prevent someone who catches the virus away from work from spreading it to others, there’s a concern about the configuration of the visiting-team locker rooms in NFL stadiums.

In some of these stadiums, it’s simply not possible to properly keep players distanced, as one source explained it to PFT. So even if a team otherwise does everything it could or should to prevent transmission among teammates in a confined space, it can still happen in a space like the locker rooms made available to the visiting team.

That’s bad enough standing alone; making it worse is the league’s current default position that, if a team has an outbreak, the team must be at fault. Given the challenges presented by some locker rooms for road teams, that simply may not be the case.

3 responses to “Visiting team locker room arrangements in some stadiums may prevent protocol compliance

  1. Like KC’s vistor locker room, which is very cramped – and this of course further exacerbates the situation with the league making the Patriots travel for a game that almost anyone with a brain recognizes should have been postponed. Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore are huge names to shed light on this. Imagine if Pat Mahomes gets it. And of course, communities in KC and NE are now further at risk.

  2. Sorry,The Vikings took like 10 buses to the stadium instead of three for caution while some players had multiple tests because of false POSITIVE ones.

  3. I highly doubt any team would try and spread covid prior to the game. If a team has a breakout it is their fault for not following the rules or taking things seriously. For example the fact that the Titans actually played the Vikings while somehow still having multiple players test negative afterwords or shortly before is insane. The team should be fined at the very least. Just lookup Vikings or other teams who go above and beyond to keep their players safe.

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