As the NFL works through its struggles with COVID-19, the league implemented new protocols on Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell said teams will be disciplined — including through loss of draft picks or forfeiting games — if protocol violations occur that result in the virus spreading, schedule adjustments or otherwise impact the league.
Week 4 saw 20 positive tests within the Tennessee Titans organization, resulting in the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers being postponed and bye weeks being adjusted. The New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game was pushed to last night after a positive test on each team over the weekend.
Teams are recommended to hold virtual meetings and wear masks during practices and walk-throughs. A reduction in traveling party size was also suggested.
Among New Protocols:
- Ban on gatherings outside of team facilities.
- Limit on number of tryouts per week.
- Longer onboarding process for free-agent tryouts.