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NFL, NFLPA hold call on playing upcoming season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Roger Goodell, NFL, NFLPA

The NFL and NFLPA continue to discuss the best avenues to take in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the NFL held a call that was centered around the upcoming season and COVID-19.

Of course, the NFLPA is doing everything they can to assure the safety of the players in the upcoming season. Altogether, NFLPA president J.C. Tretter, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, and NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer spoke to the league’s agents on Monday.

Mayer began the call by saying the NFL has to figure out a way to ‘fit football into the virus’, not the other way around.

“We can’t figure out how to fit the virus into football, we have to figure out how we’re going to fit football into the virus,” Mayer said, a person familiar with the call relayed to NJ Advance Media. “This is a bad-ass virus.”

Smith reiterated what Mayer said, stating that the league can’t try to force the issue when it comes time for the regular season to begin. In addition to that, Smith wanted to make it clear that NFL players aren’t immune to the coronavirus.

“That’s just simply not true. We moved along with accepting the supposition that we do have this risk and we have to work through them if and when we return to football.

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic came about, there have been multiple NFL players who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Ironically enough, it was revealed on Monday that Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lastly, Smith made it known that players will get tested for the coronavirus three times a week. Despite what was said on Monday, there is still a ton of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL season.