No NFL Hall of Fame game and a postponed enshrinement ceremony is only the beginning.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the NFL has decided to cancel the Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The league will also postpone the enshrinement ceremony of the Hall of Fame all due to the coronavirus.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise as the NFL was hoping to push back the dates of when teams start practicing together. This past weekend, the NFLPA had recommended to players to stop practicing with each other after multiple cases of COVID-19 were found with the Cowboys and Texans. Dallas and Pittsburgh were going to arrive at training camp six days earlier than the rest of the league. That itself is what brought the NFL to their decision.
The league is going to hold a conference call with all 32 team owners on Thursday. During this call, they will discuss an update on COVID-19 and their plans to reopen their facilities. Social justice updates will also be given as they address how to move forward with that subject.
All Eyes are on the League
Currently, there are a lot of moving parts to the NFL season and change should be expected.
The NFL appears to be moving towards finding a way to shorten the preseason as much as they can. It may have to be a move they make to protect the players as much as possible. Too many cases already have popped up between the Cowboys, Texans, Steelers, and Buccaneers.
Players have been working out together before the NFLPA told them to stop practicing together. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay has been guilty of not listening as they are still working out together. It has to be assumed that a lot of teams will still find ways to practice.
The question lies with when will they have training camp and how much of the preseason will be played. There doesn’t seem to be too much doubt an NFL season will happen. It’s now about how can the NFL avoid too many cases from appearing.
That may be too tall of an order.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has already said that cases are going to happen. The only way for the league to stop the COVID-19 cases from happening is not have a season. A regular season is going to happen.
Infinity Sports Network already tackled what changes should be made to the NFL season. Now it all comes down to what Goodell and the rest of the NFL decides in the upcoming months.