NFL encourages players to wear masks, practice distancing on sidelines

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The NFL is encouraging players to wear masks and practice physical distancing when on the sideline during games.

Although the league is not making masks mandatory, it did issue a memo to team presidents, GMs, head coaches and medical staff urging masks.

“We are recommending that clubs enhance their efforts to ensure physical distancing on the sidelines during games and that players that are either not in the game or are not about to enter the game wear masks on the sidelines while the league considers expanding the bench area footprint,” the memo said.

The league is also looking at ways to have more space on the sideline so that players can stay farther apart while they’re not on the field during games.

45 responses to “NFL encourages players to wear masks, practice distancing on sidelines

  1. sphinctersayshuh says:

    October 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    This is getting ridiculous, the coaches and crew already look dopey as it is.
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    Yeah, because appearances are what matter most, right? SMH

  2. Make it mandatory or just let things go the way they are. If it’s not mandatory, most of the players will not wear masks.

  3. The more risks that can be even slightly mitigated the better. We’ve already had instances of players playing while positive with covid.

    The NFL has only two things that will stop this season: if someone like mahomes gets it and gets serious consequences from it; or someone dies from it. A high profile player having issues is unlikely just due to sheer chance, it’s more likely to be unknowns like the Jaguars player that the media won’t care about. It’s incredibly unlikely, but if one player dies to covid, it could trigger a media firestorm that kills the season. The NFL has to use every bit of caution they can even if it’s unlikely.

  4. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    This should have been mandatory from the beginning
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    Wear a mask on the sideline and then go line up shoulder to shoulder on the field without a mask. Yea, it makes so much sense.

  5. The players are literally tested multiple times a week and no player that tests positive is allowed on the field.. but yes make them wear masks *rolls eyes*

  6. It isn’t the behavior on the sidelines that is spreading the virus. It’s what players do when they go home. Harder to address, and it’s not on national TV, but that’s where the issues start and need to be dealt with.

  7. Recommending? Now? It should have been a mandatory rule from day one with severe penalties if not followed. The NFL is lost. It does not give a crap about its player’s health. Greed is sickening

  8. Slapping a mask on when you come off the field and your heartrate is at 160BPM sounds like fun and a safe way to cool your body down.

    Here are a couple of masks facts. Source study the Duke did a few months ago.

    1. N95 Great. Has to be properly fitted
    2. Paper Mask (blue ones) Good. BUT they’re for single use…once you touch any part but the loops put on a new one.
    3. Gaiter Worst. Actually makes the particles smaller
    4. Stupid Face Shield. Stupid!!!

  9. godnollid16 says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:32 pm
    The more risks that can be even slightly mitigated the better. We’ve already had instances of players playing while positive with covid.

    The NFL has only two things that will stop this season: if someone like mahomes gets it and gets serious consequences from it; or someone dies from it. A high profile player having issues is unlikely just due to sheer chance, it’s more likely to be unknowns like the Jaguars player that the media won’t care about. It’s incredibly unlikely, but if one player dies to covid, it could trigger a media firestorm that kills the season. The NFL has to use every bit of caution they can even if it’s unlikely.
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    Um, see Freddie Freeman.

  10. “This mask crap is way out of hand.”

    So is the virus…..and it’s primarily because ,many people refuse to wear masks.

    Over 1,000 people are dying in the US, from COVID, every day. The US didn’t have daily losses that large even in WW2.

  11. So they should wear masks on the sidelines for the cameras, but no masks when they’re piled on top of each other on the field? Makes sense.

  12. This virus is not a one and done deal. It could linger and cause significant organ damage for years to come, and many people who thought they were over the virus will be dying prematurely. Similar to concussions. No big deal, right? Just got my bell rung, right? Well, as we’re seeing, the bell didn’t stop ringing. Look at all these old ex-players dying way before they should be. We didn’t find out until years later that Hepatitis causes liver cancer. This virus gets in your organs and wreaks havoc. It’s going to be a huge healthcare issue in the future. You’re best off not contracting this virus. Taiwan hasn’t had in single positive test in 200 days. Are they smarter than we are? Or are they just better listeners? It’s not cool to be dumb. Look at your kids. You want them to live to be 40 don’t you?

  13. “If you’re going to do that might as well cancel the season”

    I’m not sure asking players to stand apart is enough to warrant cancelling the season and losing billions in revenue. Seems like a slight overreaction.

  14. I really thought after the Rudy Gobert fiasco that people would take COVID seriously. And everyone with an IQ over 100 has. Sadly that leaves well over 100 million maskless morons running loose in America. I bet their kids won’t be wearing masks on Halloween just to make a political point.

  15. I know that a few teams practice social distancing on the field on game day in terms on making tackles.

  16. Why are people acting like someone shot their dog?
    Can’t people read… it says the “league is not making masks mandatory” everywhere. They’re saying do more to keep safe.

    1. Masks reduce the risk of getting COVID
    2. They do that by reducing exposure. The greater the exposure the more likely you are to get infected.
    3. The Tests aren’t 100% and neither are masks or social distancing (unless you completely cut off contact)
    4. This message is to keep players and coaches aware. COVID cases are rising in the US and globally
    5. The NFL wants to keep making money, the warning isn’t some moral crusade.
    6. Who has some of the best doctors and advisers on staff? Professional Sports
    7. Might want to ignore the politicians, and Joe Plumber on Facebook and listen to the CDC (doctors)
    8. Almost 230,000 dead. If everyone gets infected 330 million x 0.6% = almost 2 million dead
    9. The 0.6% is if ICU’s don’t get overwhelmed. Herd immunity through exposure is nuts (see the math)
    10. How inconvenient is wearing the mask and being cautious really?

  17. Wait a minute here…..the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Tuesday issued a list of the top 1st term accomplishments, and topping the list was “ending the Covid-19 pandemic.”

    Are you suggesting that they lied to us?

  18. Christopher Allan says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    jacksonrr3 says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    This should have been mandatory from the beginning
    ——————————————————————————————-
    Wear a mask on the sideline and then go line up shoulder to shoulder on the field without a mask. Yea, it makes so much sense.
    ===========================

    That is called lowering the probability of catching the virus, not that hard to figure out.

  19. Come on. After they swap sweat and spit up close with everyone on the field, they should come on the sidelines and put masks on? 😂

  20. gopack12go says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:11 pm
    sphinctersayshuh says:

    October 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    This is getting ridiculous, the coaches and crew already look dopey as it is.
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    Yeah, because appearances are what matter most, right? SMH

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    Stay in your basement!

  21. seanismorriscom says:
    October 30, 2020 at 8:18 pm
    Why are people acting like someone shot their dog?
    Can’t people read… it says the “league is not making masks mandatory” everywhere. They’re saying do more to keep safe.

    1. Masks reduce the risk of getting COVID
    2. They do that by reducing exposure. The greater the exposure the more likely you are to get infected.
    3. The Tests aren’t 100% and neither are masks or social distancing (unless you completely cut off contact)
    4. This message is to keep players and coaches aware. COVID cases are rising in the US and globally
    5. The NFL wants to keep making money, the warning isn’t some moral crusade.
    6. Who has some of the best doctors and advisers on staff? Professional Sports
    7. Might want to ignore the politicians, and Joe Plumber on Facebook and listen to the CDC (doctors)
    8. Almost 230,000 dead. If everyone gets infected 330 million x 0.6% = almost 2 million dead
    9. The 0.6% is if ICU’s don’t get overwhelmed. Herd immunity through exposure is nuts (see the math)
    10. How inconvenient is wearing the mask and being cautious really?
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    Great post. Anyone who doesn’t understand the severity of the pandemic at this point is either seriously misled or willfully ignorant. The league is trying to be proactive and keep the season intact. If you want to watch football and see the season be completed, you should appreciate that effort. If you just want to justify your own ignorance or the information you got from your friends on facebook, do us all a favor and keep it to yourself.

  22. Go breath all over each other on the field, but wear a mask on the sidelines. Logic and reason is dead.

  23. This makes no sense. The players are encouraged to wear masks and social distance on the sidelines but not on the field? Hello? Anybody home?

  24. Frankly, if they dont have things clear enough on the field that masks are still needed then they should not be holding the game. Its either safe out there or not guys. Which is it?

  25. So a few wore masks at 1st, then a lot of people wore masks, and now we’re having the highest numbers reported for people contracting the virus… The masks don’t seem to do anything, but that’s just based on numbers.

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