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The NFL's Chief Medical Officer Responded To Dr. Fauci

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The San Francisco 49ers enter the pitch during Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 2, 2020. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

The NFL certainly plans on having a season this fall, but Dr. Fauci has raised a few concerns about the logistics of having players travel to different cities on a weekly basis. It's led many to wonder if the league will have to adopt a "bubble plan."

Dr. Fauci issued a warning to the NFL during a CNN appearance with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, saying "Unless players are essentially in a bubble, insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day, it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall."

It didn't take very long for the NFL to respond to these remarks. This afternoon, NFL Chiefs Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills released a statement about the framework of the 2020 season.

"We are developing a comprehensive and rapid-result testing program and rigorous protocols that call for a shared responsibility from everyone inside our football ecosystem," Dr. Sills said. "This is based on the collective guidance of public health officials, including the White House task force, the CDC, infectious disease experts, and other sports leagues."

Here's the full statement from Dr. Sills:

It sounds like the NFL will try to be as flexible as possible, so nothing is off the table at this moment.

Fortunately for football fans, there are still a few months left until the start of the season. Even though that's more than enough time for potential spikes in coronavirus cases, it's possible states can flatten the curve before the fall.

One thing is for sure, sports fans will have their fingers crossed that football games will take place this year.