The 2020 NFL season has been anything but normal and with the regular season winding down, focus shifts to the playoffs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the NFL all year causing several games to fall under delay. Players who catch the virus or are near a player who has the virus are subject to lengthy quarantines and are ineligible until cleared.
The virus has decimated entire NFL team rosters leaving the team with no choice but to go short-handed into battle. The direness of the situation can probably be best explained by reviewing the Denver Broncos most recent game.
In a game against the New Orleans Saints, the Broncos were unable to dress out any of the four quarterbacks on their roster. It was discovered that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel was infected by the coronavirus and he was in contact with the team’s other quarterbacks. The Broncos did not have a quarterback, including starter Drew Luck, available for the game.
They instead turned to practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton to line up under center. Though he was a quarterback in college at Wake Forest, Hinton was ineffective as a quarterback against the Saints. The Broncos would take the loss to the Saints by a final score of 31 to 3.
NFL Officials Planning For Playoffs
Now as the focus shifts to the NFL Playoffs, Commissioner Roger Goodell is asking for the fans’ patience and understanding. Goodell recently spoke to NBC’s Mike Tirico about the upcoming playoff situation.
“We do think it is safe to continue (with the season),” Goodell says. “We believe that the protocols we have established are working. We’l continue to evaluate and see what improvements we can make. Our objective is to finish 265 games safely.”
Goodell also say in the interview that league officials will consider “further isolation” to reduce risk for NFL personnel.