Because the sports activities world has shut down reside competitors as a result of coronavirus, the NFL has moved together with its offseason in largely regular vogue. Whereas the plans for the NFL Draft in Las Vegas have modified, we nonetheless skilled an entertaining starting to NFL free company that noticed loads of motion that gave sports activities followers such much-needed pleasure.
As the times have became weeks, nonetheless, and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t misplaced steam, the NFL will now begin to be affected in methods the league by no means has been earlier than.
On Monday, Dr. Anthony Casolaro, co-head doctor for the Washington Redskins and president of the NFL Physicians Society, despatched a letter to the NFL and NFLPA discontinuing NFL-related physicals till the well being disaster has handed.
Here’s a portion of the letter, offered by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
“The Board of Administrators of the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) have met by telephone and communicated with members of Skilled Soccer Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) that the NFLPS has agreed to discontinue mix rechecks, free agent physicals and physicals for non-combine gamers till the well being disaster has handed. We imagine it isn’t within the curiosity of the gamers nor staff medical workers to proceed to carry out these physicals.
At a time of essentially the most severe pandemic in our lifetime, we imagine medical sources ought to give attention to those that are in poor health or in want of care.
We stay up for inspecting gamers when it’s applicable to take action.”
Whereas the 2020 NFL Draft modified from a public social gathering in Las Vegas to a televised semi-private occasion, many questioned if it could truly happen given how the coronavirus continues to unfold. This assertion may point out the hiatus the NFL could be compelled to undertake just like the NBA and different collegiate sports activities just isn’t far-off.
With out physicals, some offers in free company may not undergo, trades may very well be halted after which after all there are the physicals draft candidates will bear with groups — who take these screenings very critically. This could be one thing the league may work round, nonetheless.
Contemplate former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He is thought-about one of many high sign callers on this class, however is working again from a severe hip damage. Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reported that although there will not be NFL scouting mix re-checks, Tagovailoa will be capable of ship up-to-date hip scans to NFL groups previous to the draft.
We nonetheless have a month to go earlier than the 2020 NFL Draft, however one has to marvel if the draft or the NFL season should be moved to a future date as a result of pandemic, and when the NFLPS will deem it applicable to shift its focus again to soccer.