The NFL has been able to dodge any major scheduling problems due to COVID-19, but the league is concerned that as the season progresses, that won’t be the case.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent a new memo to teams on Friday. In it, Vincent once again asked for compliance with league COVID-19 protocols.
The overriding message was that the postponing and rescheduling of games hasn’t been a disaster so far, but might prove to be if the trend continues later on in the season.
“These adjustments have not caused significant disruption to the season,” Vincent wrote. “As the action progresses, however, rescheduling options will become increasingly limited. Eventually, further adjustments will cause disruption and jeopardize our collective ability to complete season within the current framework.”
NFL executive Troy Vincent recently sent this memo to teams emphasizing that strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols is essential and “as the season progresses, rescheduling options will become increasingly limited.” More 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/LoMgnaEx5p
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2020
The NFL has warned that taking away draft picks or making teams forfeit games are potential punishments for violating COVID-19 policy.
However, so far, the league has only fined teams and players who have broken the rules. We’ll see if that continues to be the practice, or if stiffer penalties are on the horizon.