The 49ers are planning to spend more than a week in New York in September, but that might not happen anymore.
NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King reported Sunday night that the NFL will urge teams with back-to-back road games in opposite time zones not to stay in hotels between games.
"The eight teams that have such back-to-backs will probably have to file “IDER plans,” which stands for infectious disease emergency response," King wrote Sunday in his latest "Football Morning In America" column. "These are detailed travel and sequestering plans that the league and the union will need to approve before a team is able to stay on the road for that length of time. I’m told the league is going to strongly urge teams not to stay on the road that long, despite the inconvenience for the teams involved."
Back in May, King reported that the 49ers and Raiders were among eight teams to ask the NFL to group together road games in the Pacific or Eastern time zone.
The league scheduled the 49ers to play at the New York Jets in Week 2 and the New York Giants in Week 3 during the 2020 NFL season, meaning San Francisco could stay in the New York area to reduce travel.
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But with the coronavirus pandemic still surging, it now appears that the league won't allow the 49ers and other teams to stay on the road rather than returning home.
Like everyone else around the world, NFL teams are going to have to get used to adjusting their routines. If the 49ers have to travel back to the Bay Area and then return to New York a few days later, it surely will be an inconvenience. But this is going to be a season of inconveniences.
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