Redskins rookie wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden tested positive for the coronavirus in March. He fully recovered and the virus is not expected to impact his 2020 season in any way.
That might be the only thing coronavirus won’t impact though.
NFL fans, and Redskins fans particularly, need to prepare for a weird, if not tumultuous, 2020 season. The NFL is admirably pushing forward with their 2020 season but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more players, coaches and staffers that test positive for COVID-19.
"We fully well expect that we will have positive cases that arise," NFL chief doctor Allen Sills said earlier this month.
"We think that this disease will remain endemic in society," Sills continued, "it shouldn't be a surprise that new positive cases arise."
That’s the world the NFL will enter, eventually, when players, coaches and full staffs start to reconvene, none of which is unique to the NFL.
Coronavirus is everywhere. That’s the world. The NFL exists in that world.
Fans got to enjoy free agency and the NFL Draft, but those events largely took place in a virtual world. Little human interaction required.
Actual football, however, requires significant human interaction.
The truth of inevitability is that eventually there will be more positive tests. For some players, that’s not particularly troubling.
“I really don’t have any concerns. I just want to get back to playing,” Redskins safety Landon Collins said last week.
Still, the focus remains on health and safety, for football players and for the country at large.
"First things first, you definitely want to be safe. But as far as moving forward, I mean I have full faith in our medical staff, so I mean, it’s really what they determine and what the NFL determines is safe for us to move forward," Redskins defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said.
"That’s really all I can think about, it’s just so much for one person to even try to comprehend that it’s not even worth it, you know?"
Allen is right.
This virus and the international chaos it has created really are incomprehensible. It seems like there are few facts out there but plenty of rumors and noise.
In the football world, however, one thing seems clear. Players want to play.
"I’m definitely hoping to play the season which I think we will," Allen said, "I couldn’t imagine us not playing a season."
In the NFL it seems almost a certainty there will be a season. But with the inevitability of more positive COVID-19 tests, how that season will play out remains a mystery.
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