NFL COVID-19 Precautions are Helping to Set Players and Coaches Minds at Ease Says Sean McVay
Earlier this offseason, Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams head coach, had doubted the social distancing logistics in the NFL: “We’re going to social distance, but we play football? This is really hard for me to understand all this. I don’t want to be — I don’t get it. I really don’t.”
But now with both the MLB and NBA having returned during COVID-19, and the NFL season right around the corner, Sean McVay feels “a lot better now, having a little bit more knowledge and understanding of — it’s really about the risk mitigation, keeping our ecosystem clear.”
With the Pandemic looming, the NFL has hired BioRefereence Laboratories to perform the COVID-19 testing and have installed some safety protocols: During the first two weeks of training camp, all the players will be tested every day. As long as less than 5% of the tests come back positive, the NFL will move to test players every other day. If a player has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, then that player must wait 10 days since the first symptoms and must test negative at least once before returning to the league.
McVay will not regulate how players spend their free time, however, he does use the recent outbreak in the MLB as a cautionary tale for his players.
Sean McVay also believes that “There’s a level of responsibility that coaches, players, and really everybody in our building will have outside of the ecosystem to make sure there’s a consideration.” McVay added on, “It’s not just about what you’re doing here, it’s about understanding how important the ramifications can be if you make bad decisions outside of that with who you are exposed to.”
Nathaniel is a student at the College Preparatory School. His favorite sports to play are Baseball and Basketball. He also enjoys watching Football. He is a sports writer for At the Buzzer.