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Report: NFL teams pushing back start of off-season programs due to COVID-19

Vincent Frank
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Compared to the rest of the sports world, the NFL has largely been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s what happens when a league is in the midst of the offseason.

This could very well change as more Americans are tested for COVID-19 and the number of positive tests increase.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, this has led to some teams deciding to push back the start of their off-season programs.

It makes sense in that teams can begin their off-season programs as early as April 6, less than a month from now.

The NBA suspended its season on Wednesday. Said suspension will likely last at least a month. The timeline as it relates to the NFL’s off-season conditioning program is within that span.

The league is also taking other measures. That includes the elimination of in-person visits with NFL Draft prospects. As it relates to the draft itself, the NFL still expects for it to go on as planned next month in Las Vegas. Like everything else right now, that’s subject to change.