Catch up on the latest good and bad NFL news.
-The COVID-19 pandemic is sparing nothing and that includes football.
We kicked off last week with the news of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott testing positive for the novel coronavirus, along with players from his team and the Houston Texans. Since then, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed there have been unnamed individuals affiliated within the organization who have also tested positive. Via the Bucs:
We can confirm that there have been individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the AdventHealth Training Center. We immediately activated our COVID-19 Response Plan and vacated the affected areas, which will remain closed until extensive sanitization is completed. The individuals who may have been exposed have already been notified and are following the established protocols which include a 14-day quarantine period.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications
-A San Francisco 49ers player tested positive for COVID-19 after working out in Nashville, TN.
-Niners RB Deebo Samuel broke his foot during the same workout in Nashville. He is expected to miss 12 to 16 weeks.
-Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson confirms to NFL Network’s James Palmer that he tested positive for COVID-19.
-Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed the concerns Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and others share regarding the near-impossibility of social distancing during the 2020 NFL season.
-Multiple college players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, putting the NCAA football season in jeopardy when you consider the archaic rules that don’t allow these kids to get paid for literally putting their health and safety on the line.
-UCLA Bruins football players are standing up to their school and demanding a third party oversee health and safety regarding playing this season during the pandemic. Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson made a statement on Twitter clarifying this has nothing to do with head coach Chip Kelly:
-In other not-so-great NFL news, the NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels are no longer available on DISH and Sling TV.
-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his franchise tender for $31.4 million to remain with the team for at least one more season. Prescott had been holding out for more guaranteed money and a new long-term deal. Much like former Washington and current Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, it looks like Prescott is betting on himself to perform well and secure a major long-term deal — with or without the Cowboys.
-The 2021 Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place at the Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, January 31.
-Check out my interview with Eagles Rookie CB Grayland Arnold on NFL Draft, playing for Matt Rhule
-USC Athletics just announced former Trojans offensive lineman Max Tuerk has unexpectedly passed away. Our deepest condolences go out to Max’s loved ones.
-Earlier this month, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores discussed the George Floyd tragedy, Black Lives Matter movement, players protesting, and the health status of rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa:
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