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MLB has had its COVID-related blunders, but it has taught NFL importance of pressing on to finish a season – Yahoo Sports

There are around 2,600 players currently in NFL training camps. Just 12 of them are on the league’s COVID-19 injured reserve list.

The NFL isn’t employing the kind of bubble that the NBA and NHL are using, but it’s clear the measures of precaution that each team is adhering to (a pseudo bubble, if you will) is working well. 

With the NFL opener three weeks from Thursday, that isn’t the only positive news for the likelihood of football in the fall. 

FDA approval last weekend of the coronavirus testing protocol SalivaDirect could replace current testing measures and dramatically reduce lag time for results and allow for cost-effective daily, or even twice-daily, testing of players. That should allow for any infectious player to be quickly quarantined and limit outbreaks within teams. As the season draws near, and goes on, that could help. ” data-reactid=”23″ type=”text”>The FDA approval last weekend of the coronavirus testing protocol SalivaDirect could replace current testing measures and dramatically reduce lag time for results and allow for cost-effective daily, or even twice-daily, testing of players. That should allow for any infectious player to be quickly quarantined and limit outbreaks within teams. As the season draws near, and goes on, that could help. 

Maybe most important is this: The NFL can learn plenty by following the mentality, if not the policies, of an unexpected source.

Major League Baseball.

Dak Prescott (4) speaks to offensive linemen Wyatt Miller (67) Zach Martin (70), Loe Looney (73) and others in a huddle during training camp in Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)”>

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) speaks to offensive linemen Wyatt Miller (67) Zach Martin (70), Loe Looney (73) and others in a huddle during training camp in Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

MLB hasn’t had the smooth start that the NFL has enjoyed. Not even close. There have been multiple teams riddled with outbreaks, including the Miami Marlins being gutted just four days into the season.” data-reactid=”37″ type=”text”>Yes, baseball. No, MLB hasn’t had the smooth start that the NFL has enjoyed. Not even close. There have been multiple teams riddled with outbreaks, including the Miami Marlins being gutted just four days into the season.

Some players, namely in Cleveland, have proven incapable of following simple guidelines. The result is an oddball regular season that entering Wednesday saw six teams having completed 25 games while the St. Louis Cardinals have played just 11.” data-reactid=”38″ type=”text”>Entire series have been “postponed.” Policies have been rewritten on the fly. Some players, namely in Cleveland, have proven incapable of following simple guidelines. The result is an oddball regular season that entering Wednesday saw six teams having completed 25 games while the St. Louis Cardinals have played just 11.

Yet MLB has shown the importance of something the NFL already knew and was likely to practice anyway. 

Just keep going. There is power in plowing ahead.

they kept playing. There has been chaos – at one point Miami needed to hire sleeper buses to drive nearly half the team home from Philadelphia in the middle of a hurricane. Yet that night, games all over the country went on. ” data-reactid=”43″ type=”text”>No matter how rocky it has gotten in baseball, no matter how loud the calls early on were to give up, they kept playing. There has been chaos – at one point Miami needed to hire sleeper buses to drive nearly half the team home from Philadelphia in the middle of a hurricane. Yet that night, games all over the country went on. 

There is a tipping point here. If the season is a disaster, then pull the plug. Yet have a clear idea what that line in the sand is and stick with it.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shook off criticism and didn’t allow perfection to be the enemy of progress. We’re nearing the halfway point of the regular season with the league considering a postseason bubble to increase the likelihood of a World Series happening. ” data-reactid=”45″ type=”text”>MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shook off criticism and didn’t allow perfection to be the enemy of progress. We’re nearing the halfway point of the regular season with the league considering a postseason bubble to increase the likelihood of a World Series happening. 

came out of both with rave reviews. ” data-reactid=”46″ type=”text”>The NFL was always determined to do this. It has refused to alter much of anything since the pandemic broke out. The league was scolded for the potential bad optics of staging fr
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