NFL’s top medical official shares ‘surprising’ results of COVID-19 testing
According to the league’s top medical official, it appears as though things are going pretty well for the NFL with the month of August now well underway. NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills recently revealed that he is “pleasantly surprised” with the league’s ability to keep the infection rate of the coronavirus low thus far into the offseason, according to NFL.com.
Not only that, but Sills hasn’t been notified of any players that have come down with a severe illness at this point in the offseason as remaining as healthy as possible is obviously the name of the game at this point in time.
“I’m not aware of anyone that has had severe illness up to this point,” Sills added, via NFL.com.
It is also worth noting that the NFL and NFLPA agreed on Wednesday afternoon to continue COVID-19 testing through Sept. 5, which will bring the players through training camp.
“We will continue to monitor positivity rates within each club and relevant information from each team community to inform our assessment of testing frequency ahead of the regular season,” the NFLPA wrote on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
As it stands today, the NFL remains on schedule to begin the upcoming 2020 season on time, which will be on Sept. 10 as the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Houston Texans.
Although this remains a fluid situation, it appears as though the NFL is quite set on beginning the 2020 campaign as scheduled with the league notably opting against the now commonly used “bubble” format.