NFL expands bench area, requires players to put masks on after games

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The NFL is stepping up its attempts to keep players apart during and after games.

NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer Dawn Aponte announced today that the league is expanding the bench area during games and requiring masks after games in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The bench area, where players and coaches have long been required to stay between the 30-yard lines, will be expanded so that players and coaches can be anywhere between the 20-yard lines. The league will also add benches where that’s feasible, but will not provide more chairs, as players tend to crowd more closely together in clusters when chairs are available.

The NFL is also requiring players and staffers to have masks on after games. Although that had already been encouraged, now players are being told that putting masks on before post-game handshakes or other activities on the field is a requirement.

6 responses to “NFL expands bench area, requires players to put masks on after games

  1. Good move, should have started week 1 though. And time to move to the bubbles, covid is way out of control and going to be 10 times worse in a few weeks.

  2. Why not prohibit the post game gatherings? Each team should retire to their own locker room without doing end of game hand shakes.

  3. Masks aren’t working. Definition of insanity-trying the same thing over and over expecting different results.

  4. Mask work if people would only wear them on a consistent basis, and use common sense. Of course, common sense is in short supply these days.

  5. This is getting absurd. The dudes are with their teammates over 60 hours a week and then spend Sundays wrestling each other for 3 hours. Does anyone actually believe this helps? If so, I’d really like to hear your explanation, supported by facts, not opinions.

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