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Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:11 AM

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for Covid-19Article title [View all]

Source: CNN

(CNN) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for Covid-19, the team announced in a statement Sunday. Pederson is "asymptomatic and doing well," the Eagles' statement read. He is in self-quarantine and in communication with the team's medical staff.

"Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility," the statement read.

Pederson contracting the virus adds to growing concerns about the upcoming season. NFL teams already began reporting to training camps in July, but Commissioner Roger Goodell canceled the preseason out of an abundance of caution. The season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 10.

Dr. Myron Rolle, a third-year neurosurgeon resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and former NFL safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, told CNN more time is needed before players, teams or fans return to stadiums. "I do not think it's safe to return right now," Rolle said. "I think the NFL should delay the sport or cancel it this year to allow the wonderful women and men on the front lines to really get ahead of this pandemic and make it safe for everyone to come back to the sport."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/us/philadelphia-eagles-head-coach-doug-pederson-coronavirus-spt-trnd/index.html

I heard this last night as I was about to go to bed, where ESPN was reporting it and the local news radio reported as a breaking story. They just started training camp last week.

The NFL has no bubble and MLB doesn't have one either. And unfortunately, despite the NBA's purported "bubble", players are allowed out for "personal reasons" and have ended up getting infected (and then that fact becomes unmentionable in the media after the initial reports).

Meanwhile the NHL in their own bubble, hasn't had any infections reported that I am aware of and hopefully it stays that way.

I also want to note that the entire Sport Industrial Complex, including the many thousands of sports reporters, have appeared to try to downplay much of what is going on with players testing positive, most likely because their own livelihoods are on the line. The sports media were essentially without work for 4 months and had been chomping at the bits to get back to reporting again.

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