Slipping a tackle is one thing, but evading a potentially deadly virus during a full-contact football game is something else entirely.
Both the NFL and NCAA football seasons have now begun in earnest, with teams kicking off to limited or absent live audiences from coast to coast. The return of football comes at a tricky time, however, as the number of coronavirus cases continue to grow here in the US and onlookers fear that their favorite fall sports could be making only a temporary comeback.
Now, just a few days into this strange, 2020 season, one of the nation’s most successful college football teams has a very big problem on their hands.
“Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron told reporters. “I think that hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.”
Asked later for further clarification, Orgeron said he didn’t know the exact percentage of players who have had the coronavirus.
“Hopefully that once you catch it, you don’t get it again,” he said. “I’m not a doctor. I think they have that 90-day window, so most of the players that have caught it, we do feel like they’ll be eligible for games.”
This admission is a stark reminder of the severe contagiousness of the virus, and could very well effect the plans of other teams around the nation.
Early in the MLB’s abbreviate 2020 season, over one-fifth of the league’s games were postponed as COVID-19 outbreaks ravaged several teams.
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