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The NFL Announced A Major Offseason Change Due To Coronavirus

A general view of the Tennessee Titans stadium ahead of an NFL game.

NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: General view of the American flag on the field before the NFL season opener between the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the NFL announced tonight it is making a major change to its offseason schedule.

The annual Off-Season Team Activities, scheduled to begin next month, will not go off as scheduled. Teams with new head coaches were supposed to start OTAs on April 6, with all other teams getting underway on April 20.

Instead, the league is shelving the spring tradition due to the COVID-19 crisis. Tonight, the NFL also announced it is banning any sort of travel for free agency, which will officially begin at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Additionally, team facilities will also be closed for the next two weeks. Only players undergoing "medically-supervised rehabilitation and treatment" will be allowed in.

Last night, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced it was recommending that any gathering of 50 or more people be avoided for the next eight weeks. That would mean at least until May 10.

It is going to be a while until the sports world gets back to normal.

Tonight's NFL announcement is further proof of that reality.