How is the NFL Dealing with COVID-19 and Injuries in 2020?

Written by Jackson Leija (Sports Writer)

Around seventeen players in the National Football League tested positive for COVID-19, and several more have been lost to season-ending injuries. The new question is if the NFL is taking proper precautions for the virus and if they gave players enough time to get ready for the season. Players Solomon Thomas from the San Francisco 49ers, Saquon Barkley from the New York Giants, Nick Bosa from the San Francisco 49ers, are three star players lost to injury who may not return this season.

A total of eight players will not return this season but more than 200 players have sustained injuries so far this season. Mark Tannier from the New York Times states, “there are two probable causes of any sudden injury rash: too much high-intensity practice, and not enough high-intensity practice.” One of the many reasons players are getting injured could be due to the fact that the NFL skipped the pre-season, could this have led to these injuries? The eight players that are not returning due to injuries. Christian McCaffrey, running back from the Carolina Panthers, has a high ankle sprain. Saquon Barkley, running back from the New York Giants, has a right knee injury. Nick Bosa, a defensive end from the San Francisco 49ers, has an ACL tear. Solomon Thomas, a defensive tackle from the San Francisco 49ers, has an ACL tear. Travon Young, a defensive back from the Baltimore Ravens, has a knee injury. Malik Hooker, a safety from the Indianapolis Colts, has an Achilles tear. Cortland Sutten, a wide receiver from the Denver Broncos, has a shoulder injury. The reason for all these injuries is probably due to practice whether it’s too much or not enough.

Eleven teams in the NFL have allowed fans in their stadiums. Neither the San Francisco 49ers nor the Las Vegas Raiders have allowed any fans into their stadiums. The Cincinnati Bengals have 12,000 fans in their stadium, the normal maximum capacity is 65,515 fans. The Cleveland Browns have 12,000 fans in their stadium, the normal maximum capacity is 67,895 fans. The Huston Texans have 13,300 fans, the normal capacity is 72,220 fans. The Indianapolis Colts have 7,500 fans, the normal maximum capacity is 67,000. The Jacksonville Jaguars have 16,791 fans, the normal maximum capacity is 67,164. The Tennessee Titans have not confirmed the exact number of fans but say over 12% will be allowed against Houston, the normal maximum capacity is 69,143 fans. The Denver Broncos have 5,700 fans, the normal capacity is 72,936 fans. The Kansas City Chiefs have 16,000 fans, the normal capacity is 72,936 fans. The Dallas Cowboys have 40,000 fans, and a normal maximum capacity of 80,000 fans. The Carolina Panthers have 5,200 fans, the normal maximum capacity is 75,523 fans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 25% fans, the normal maximum capacity is 65,890 fans. No other NFL teams have announced they will be having fans this information as of October 5th, 2020. 

Seventeen players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Those players include Stephon Gilmore, a cornerback, New England Patriots, QB Cam Newton, New England Patriots and A.J. Terrell, a cornerback, Atlanta Falcons. Also, Jordan Ta’amu, a quarterback, Kansas City chiefs. Adam Humphries, a wide receiver, Tennessee Titans. Kristian Fulton, a cornerback, Tennessee Titans. Jeffery Simmons, a defensive end, Tennessee Titans. Cam Batson, a wide receiver, Tennessee Titans. Kamalei Correa, a linebacker, Tennessee Titans. Tommy Hudson, a tight end, Tennessee Titans. Beau brinkley, left safety, Tennessee Titans. Daquan Jones, defensive line, Tennessee Titans. Greg Mabin, a defensive back, Tennessee Titans. Corey Davis, a wide receiver, Tennessee Titans. Isaiah Wilson, an offensive line, Tennessee Titans. Maurice Hurst, a defensive line, Los Vegas Raiders. Those are all confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the NFL as of October 5th, 2020.


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