The NFL’s chief medical officer expects positive tests, uncertain when players will be able to take advantage


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One of the major barriers to NFL opening team complexes for players is dealing with the spread of coronavirus in a sport that involves uninterrupted communication between people.

The NFL conducted virtual offseason due to the coronavirus epidemic that killed more than 324,000 people worldwide.

But when and if the NFL is going, its chief medical officer said there would be a positive test for the coronavirus.

“Obviously football and physical distance are not compatible,” the NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, called for a conference on Tuesday.

And with the Seals acknowledging all physical contact, there will be positive testing of COVID-19 among players.

“We fully expect that we will see positive cases,” Siles said. “Since we think the disease will be localized in the society, it is not surprising that new types of positive cases have been reported.

“Our challenge is to identify them as soon as possible and prevent any other participants from spreading that we are working very diligently on this and we will have some detailed plans in the future.”

Some NFL teams were able to open their facilities on Tuesday for the necessary staff, medical staff and players for rehabilitation, but there has been no word yet on when all players and coaches will be cleared to take part in their team complexes.

“We’re not putting dates on the calendar,” Seals said. “When we and the NFLPA [NFL Players Association] Together it seems that we have reached a stage of satisfaction with science, we will move forward. We are advancing science and information as fast as we can. “