Fifteen NFL teams currently have COVID-19 issues

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If only the pandemic truly had disappeared after the election.

The nationwide COVID-19 outbreak continues, with six-figure cases and single-day records over each of the past two days. And the NFL is feeling the impact of it.

Currently, 15 teams have issues with the virus, in one form or another. In no particular order, they are the Ravens, Texans, Colts, Broncos, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers, Bears, 49ers, Cardinals, Eagles, Raiders, Lions, Falcons, and Dolphins.

That’s nearly half the league, presently struggling with some issue or another related to the pandemic.

“As we’ve repeatedly said, as long as the pandemic is endemic in our society there will be positive cases, particularly as we see spikes in our communities,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email earlier this morning. “Our protocols anticipate that, and are designed to identify it early, isolate the individual and stop the virus from spreading within a team. The protocols have worked and it’s a testament to the hard work of thousands of individuals. We knew it was going to be difficult. It takes all of us to working every day to continue to meet this challenge.”

He’s right on all counts. But it won’t get any easier as the virus continues to spread in the places where NFL teams are located. Unless and until the league implements home-market bubbles, all players, coaches, and essential personnel will leave the facility each day and go to a place where they could contract the virus. Between the incubation period and the lag between test collection and test result, infected players and coaches can enter the building and spread it before anyone even realizes what has happened.

That’s why every coach should be explaining every day to every player and staff member that it should be assumed that everyone in the building has it, because anyone can have it on any given day. Masks, distancing, and all other protocols become critical to avoid an outbreak that can cancel games, wipe out game checks, and otherwise derail a season that somehow has made it through eight full weeks with all games played.

38 responses to “Fifteen NFL teams currently have COVID-19 issues

  1. The league and its handling of this pandemic is pathetic. But then again, when HAS the NFL handled any problems effectively?

  2. I’d like to go on record as saying any arguments that this season is a “fraud,” or should be asterisked in any way is wrong. Dealing with Covid should be seen as no different than dealing with facet of your team like locker room chemistry, learning the playbook and practice. If you have instilled the desire to win in your team, and stressed to them how important following the guidelines are, you deserve the advantage you receive when one team is covid free and the other is missing players to same.

  3. I hope the anti-masker tough guys are happy, you’re such a tough guy for not wearing a bleepin’ mask. Good job slappy.

  4. Yet Tomlin and the Steelers are fined along with Raiders. Typical how the league under Godel handles issues with any consistency

  5. Yep, 15 teams have covid issues, but only the Raiders have a pick taken away. The other 14 teams it was just an accident. Titans players practicing at a high school after positive covid tests, just an accident. Shannahan removing his mask last night to yell at the refs, just an accident. 49ers player not wearing a mask, just an accident.

  6. Obviously if the NFL had tried to approach the season in a bubble like MLS or the NBA that’s a much MUCH bigger task than leagues with smaller player populations. Plus, NFL teams want to keep the home/away thing going, I’m sure, and have fans in the stadiums, if possible.

    But a bubble could’ve been done, and it would’ve eliminated the costs of opening stadiums and lowered production costs for the networks, etc. But the NFL is also far too profit-centered to consider anything that radical.

    What the NFL should’ve done, also, is set up a free agent bubble, especially with COVID and (probably) the lack of training camp and pre-season leading to so many injuries (again, probably).

    An already-quarantined pool of available players who are being kept in playing shape (to some degree) would be helping things tremendously.

  7. The NFL approach to COVID has been a “cross-your-fingers and hope to God nothing bad happens.” With the exception of the Titans, the NFL has been lucky in not having a large, widespread number of cases.

  8. antichargers says:
    And meanwhile only the raiders were penalized with picks

    amari2600 says:
    Yep, 15 teams have covid issues, but only the Raiders have a pick taken away.
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    Only the Raiders have committed multiple infractions — some for things far worse than pulling down or not wearing a mask — and blatantly crossed the line AFTER the NFL drew a line in the sand with regard to violating COVID protocols.
    Meanwhile, a portion of their fan base continues to trot out stale old conspiracy theories while childishly crying “unfair!” Apparently each of the other 31 teams got a bigger cookie than they did.

  9. I’m frankly amazed that it isn’t much worse. You have a bunch of wealthy young people who are accustomed to getting their way being told to wear masks, distance, and limit their social life. Seems to me that all things considered, they are doing a great job!

    I think before a bubble for this many people should be an option, just cancel the season. I think it’s going surprisingly well and hopefully we will get to watch the remainder of the season. It’s a great distraction from all of the other crap going on in our country!

  10. The players and coaches could do a better job, and teams and the league need to keep striving to improve. But, I will say that in most cases, they have managed to (surprisingly) avoid some of the team wide outbreaks like we saw early in the MLB season. But, if they do not stay strong in their efforts, they likely will see some of those outbreaks.

  11. Bet all those people that were saying earlier on that teams should forfeit all their games are singing a different time.

  12. 100k covid cases a day now, what will it be like in two weeks after 70 million people just voted in person, the super spreader of all super spreaders. Maybe 200k a day? How will the nfl handle this?

  13. arkimedes says:
    November 6, 2020 at 11:57 am
    The players and coaches could do a better job, and teams and the league need to keep striving to improve. But, I will say that in most cases, they have managed to (surprisingly) avoid some of the team wide outbreaks like we saw early in the MLB season. But, if they do not stay strong in their efforts, they likely will see some of those outbreaks.

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    We are heading into winter and mlb doesn’t have half their roster with 250-300lb players on them. Rosters are also much larger.

    Let’s try to do apples/apples.

  14. So if the season presses on, teams & players could realize that Covid healthiness is a strategic advantage and will begin to really take avoidance measures seriously & maybe go above & beyond the minimum NFL requirements, and see how that goes…

  15. Meanwhile….
    Raider game gets moved up four hours as to being a Monday night OR Tuesday game as per earlier this season…. AND get fined and stripped a Pick.

    I mean is it me or does anyone else see it….

    RAIDER NATION BABY!

  16. Why is this news or even a surprise? At the end of every day, the players, coaches & staff all leave the facility and go out in the world to go wherever to do whatever. Just because they get tested as they walk into their facility doesn’t mean the same procedures are taking place wherever else they go in their free time.
    They’re not living in a “bubble” during the season and they wouldn’t agree to that if there was one. I don’t know how anyone could have expected anything else.

  17. We knew there were going to be bumps in the road. Like MLB, the NFL is trying to figure it out and doing the best they can, just like the rest of us.

  18. You see multiple teams commiting multiple infractions each Sunday on live tv. Yet just the raiders are multiple offenders. It’s right on your dvr, but yeah it’s conspiracy theories

  19. realnuancedgoose says:
    November 6, 2020 at 11:36 am
    End the season today.
    Sincerely,
    NFC East fans
    —————
    “Makes sense to us.”
    -Minnesota fans

  20. I can’t understand why players and coaches who make a very good living can’t ensure their way to earn a living can continue uninterrupted. If I was fortunate enough to make that kind of money, I would do everything in my power to follow the rules. But, I’m not an entitled athlete who rarely heats the word “no”.

  21. And the nfl doesn’t have to do anything about it. They’re special. Meanwhile , the rest of us lose our jobs because somebody who knows somebody who went somewhere got exposed to somebody who knew people that may have had virus symptoms.

  22. The election wasn’t going to end the covid overemphasis….. but the inauguration might.

    To be clear covid will still be with us, but the emphasis won’t.

  23. In other news, the NFL will try to keep the sun from coming up tomorrow and keep the rain from falling, and other things in nature that no one can control.

  24. the true intellect of Americans are on a global display who thinks a virus has political views. I wonder if a virus drinks kool aid like 70 million Americans do. God help us.

  25. We’re talking about extremely fit and healthy young men. Testing positive for COVID does not typically mean extreme health effects for this demographic. In fact, without secondary health issues, it is a rather benign virus. For us ever to get past this, most of will have to test positive, either via direct exposure or via vaccine.

  26. As is typical, many dopey comments on this board. Not sure if those of you that expected the NFL to be “vaccinated” against covid, but it’s a Global Pandemic in case you hadn’t heard. Oh, and by the way, even those that think that masks, testing, contact tracing were going to wipe it off the face of the earth, check out Illinois and NY which have been shut down basically since March 1st, numbers are rising fairly rapidly again. The fact that we have ANY season at all is a miracle and a brief respite from the chaos that is our world today. Let’s all hope and pray (yes, pray) that we have a vaccine that works soon which allows people to get back to some semblance of normal in the coming weeks or months.

  27. I had it 10 days ago. Felt like a mild cold for 2 days. Retested negative. Yep, it’s real deadly rolls eyes.

  28. charliewaffles2020 says:
    “..I had it 10 days ago. Felt like a mild cold for 2 days. Retested negative. Yep, it’s real deadly rolls eyes…”

    Tell that to the 1.25 million dead people.

  29. FoozieGrooler says:
    November 6, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    charliewaffles2020 says:
    “..I had it 10 days ago. Felt like a mild cold for 2 days. Retested negative. Yep, it’s real deadly rolls eyes…”

    Tell that to the 1.25 million dead people.
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    You’ll believe any stats and figures that the media throws out there, huh? I bet you believe what is happening in the elction??

  30. How is it even possible for the NFL to have a problem.
    I mean, at first I heard it was just 15 people and would be going down to zero soon. Then is was going to go away by Easter. Then it was supposed to be gone during the summer. Next we heard it would simply magically disappear. And I heard just the other day that we are ‘turning the corner’.

    But, in fact, there have been over 9 million cases in the US so far, 240,000 people have died (including people I know), and we just apparently had over 100,000 people test positive for two days in a row with the highest daily numbers to date.

    I would love for it to magically disappear. But it is obvious that is NOT going to happen. We are lucky that so far the NFL has been able to struggle through this because I assume people on this site are NFL fans. It would be helpful if people took the proper precautions because, like it or not, we are all in this together.
    Major outbreaks in NFL cities increase the likelihood we don’t finish the season.

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