NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league was continuing to aim to end the regular season as planned.
Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn’t necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used to successfully close their season.
â ???? It will take partnership and discipline to complete this season. I am confident that we will make it. Goodell said, referring to the NFL Players Association, the clubs and the players.
Dawn Aponte, the League’s Chief Football Administrative Officer, added, « With regard to the guidelines that we have used, our guiding principle is medical and we try to ensure that we all play games safely. « . Provided we can do this within 17 weeks, that is our goal and it will continue to be. â ????
Goodell and Dr. . Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, noted that a bladder concept can have many iterations.
« We don’t see the bubble as most refer to it in one place. « Said Goodell. â ???? ‘We have a strong feeling that our protocols are working. We are ready to adapt these protocols and take additional steps. But I don’t see we’re making the bubble in the sense that the media will focus on it. â ????
Sills pointed out the need to recognize, whenever we think about something to structure for the teams, to look at the risks and benefits. There is no plan that is completely risk-free. We must make what we believe is the best and safest decision.
â ???? All options remain on the table and are determined by the data presented to us. We adjusted our protocols almost every week. â ????
Sills also stressed that the NFL does not seek preferential treatment when vaccines become readily available. He stressed that vaccines must go to the frontline health workers first.
« We obviously want to work with authorities, » Sills said. â ???? ‘We never want to do anything that hinders public health efforts. When it becomes appropriate for us to have vaccines available to coaches, players and staff and not to interfere with public health efforts . . . then we will certainly take that into account. We are not going to cut the line in any way. â ???? â ????
For Week 12, the NFL was forced to reschedule the game in Baltimore, Pittsburgh from Thanksgiving night to Sunday, then Tuesday, and finally Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the ravens.
Also, the Broncos played their regular game with the Saints on Sunday despite lacking experienced quarterbacks due to violations of the league’s coronavirus protocols. Goodell said NFL protocols do not require a game to be postponed as a positional group is affected by COVID-19, as was the case with the Broncos.
« We’re not going to postpone or postpone games in a certain position group because of COVID-19 unless we’re sure the rest of the team isn’t at risk, which was exactly the case in Denver. » ?? he said.
â ???? Let me be crystal clear as we’ve been with our clubs since last March. Health and medicine have priority. We follow facts, science and the recommendations of our medical experts, which are primarily the foundation of our decisions. â ????
The last coronavirus tests were carried out from November. 15-21, 42. 809 tests were carried out on 7. 886 players and team personnel performed. There were 28 new confirmed positive tests from players and 42 from other employees.
For Nov. . 22-28 became 42 in total. 264 tests on 7. 819 players and team personnel carried out. There were 33 new confirmed positives among the players and 53 among other staff.
« I think these numbers suggest our clubs are doing an excellent job of avoiding risk. « Sills said. Again we know it’s hard. We are definitely not from the forest. But you can see the effects of the procedures we put in place.
â ???? ‘I think the strategic decision to close the club facilities in the past two days reflects that. We made this decision after a few weeks of discussion based on the fact of a potential additional risk of exposure during the holiday season last week. We will continue to monitor this. We will of course have to evolve and adapt based on what our data shows as we go forward, but we are seeing some very positive trends in the numbers. â ????
Many viewers shuddered at Denver’s ugly loss to the Saints behind a rookie receiver put into service after every Broncos quarterback was banned from the NFL over coronavirus concerns.
« It hurt my heart, it hurt my soul, » said the Broncos starter. It was hard. It was really tough. It wasn’t something I enjoyed doing. I would have much rather been out on the field to help my team-mates. â ????
Lock and Backup Brett Rypien returned to the practice field about an hour later, but veteran practice squad QB Blake Bortles was isolated should the Broncos run into another quarterback dilemma this season.
The trio served a one-game banishment last week for not wearing their masks around quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thanksgiving.
In addition to isolating Bortles, the Broncos began walking quarterback Kyle Shurmur, son of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, through COVID-19 logs that should possibly be signed later in the week. Shurmur was a three year old starter at Vanderbilt and spent his final season with the Chiefs. Exercise group.
The Broncosâ ???? Four QBs went to work on their day off last Tuesday to watch movies, but they didn’t have their masks on all the time. After Driskel’s positive test, Lock, Rypien and Bortles were classified as high-risk close contacts in a league investigation and quarantined on Saturday.
The QBs were pulled from the practice field on Saturday and the Broncos stood up to update Kendall Hinton on an abbreviated game book that mostly involved hand-offs.
Hinton, who played quarterback for the Wake Forest, was promoted from the training team shortly before kick-off and only completed three passes, two of them against the Saints in Denver with a 31-3 win.
Hinton returned to catch passes without throwing them when he returned to the training team on Wednesday.
Coach Vic Fangio, who fined his QBs for violating COVID-19 rules this week, called out his quarterbacks after the game to put the team and the league in a precarious position, which Lock’s did Mother angry. Laura defending her son on social media.
« He’s my boss. « . He’s the leader of this team and whatever he says goes. Lock said. I feel like we’re taking a bit of the lead by coming in and getting ourselves ready and doing that ourselves on a day everyone else was home. So that shows leadership.
« But we didn’t do the right thing, we didn’t have her the entire time we were there. « . â ????
When his mother came to his defense, Lock said, â € œMothers will be mothers. It’s just a fact. You will support your child. You will stand up for your child regardless of the situation, and my mother is a fiery person. There is never a game in which I have played badly and have never been more afraid of her than my father. â ????
Lock praised Hinton for intervening on very short notice and making his NFL debut in the toughest position in the league. against the top NFC team, no less.
â € œGosh, he had to go out there, not replay the quarterback, play one of the best defenses in the league. What else can you ask this guy? Lock said. I mean, he went out and played his butt off. â ????
Lock said he was sitting in his vehicle waiting for the results of his quick COVID-19 test on Monday when he saw Hinton and told him, « It takes a lot of courage and a lot of heart to go out there and. « Do what you did under the circumstances. â ????
Fangio said he was disappointed with what happened last weekend. It overshadows all the good work everyone has done here, starting with the players. mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
« ???? This part annoys me a bit, but hey, it is what it is, » ???? « Fangio said. â ???? ‘We had this mistake with the quarterbacks and we have to own it. â ????
Team President Joe Ellis, who battled the coronavirus last month, met with Fangio and General Manager John Elway on Monday and said, « While fingers are easy to point, we all have to take. « Take responsibility and work together to keep it from happening again.
With quarterback Daniel Jones sustaining a hamstring injury, Colt McCoy prepares to fight the NFC West-leading Seahawks (8-3) in Seattle for the NFC East-leading Giants (4-7) on Sunday to start. Jones was injured in the third quarter of last weekend’s victory over Cincinnati and did not train on Wednesday . . . Quarterback Mike Glennon will get another start for the Jaguars (1-10) despite Gardner Minshew being perfectly healthy. The move could be an indication that coach Doug Marrone has abandoned the 2019 round six draft pick, which was a rookie sensation . . . Bears coach Matt Nagy said Mitchell Trubisky will make his second straight start if the Bears host the Lions last weekend, despite the prime-time flop against the Packers. Yes / Yes? Nagy said. « Mitch will start » . . . Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was restricted from practice due to a persistent thumb injury, so his availability against Cincinnati on Sunday remained in doubt . . . The Lions put cornerback Desmond Trufant (thigh) and former Patriots defender Danny Shelton in the injured reserve . . . A twelfth former NFL player has admitted to participating in a multimillion dollar program to defraud the league’s health program. Cornerback Carlos Rogers pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington, Ky on Monday. The Lexington Herald leader reported that it was conspiring to defraud a program set up to reimburse former players for medical expenses.
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