Tackling A Pandemic! The NFL Tweaks Their COVID Protocols As They Desperately Try To Play Every Game.

The San Francisco 49ers NFL football team defensive unit runs drills during practice in front of State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers start a three-week road trip after being forced from their stadium and practice facility because of strict new COVID-19 protocols in their home county in Northern California. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The NFL has done so much schedule juggling because of COVID-19 issues that Roger Goodell could have a nice side hustle headlining for Ringling Bros. Each week, teams have had to show incredible flexibility because of coronavirus flare-ups that could happen and have happened around the league.

Trying to get a firmer grip on the situation, the NFL released a memo to all 32 teams updating the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

For one thing, they have instructed teams to close their facilities for two full days following games, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus throughout their facilities. They also lifted the 62-player travel limit.

Here’s how the facility closings will work. Starting Dec. 7, teams that played their game on Sunday have to lock their facilities for two days. For teams that play on Monday night, they close their facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, and teams that play Thursday night won’t be allowed into their headquarters again until Sunday.

Also, all meetings during those days must take place virtually. Coaches are allowed to go into their offices and work by themselves, but they cannot have interactions with assistant coaches or other people.

Exceptions would be for injured players to receive treatment or rehab.

The goal for the league and the Players Association is simple: They want to be able to finish the season uninterrupted. Up to this point, the NFL has done an amazing job rescheduling and keeping the season intact.

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