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NFL teams consider game-day travel due to Covid-19

Covid-19 pushes teams to think outside the box for the 2020 season.

The New England Patriots plane delivers N95 masks from Shenzhen, China to Logan International Airport to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on April 02, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his son Patriots President Jonathan Kraft partnered with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to ship the masks which will be split between Massachusetts and New York. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The NFL and individual teams are faced with an unprecedented situation in which to play an NFL season and they’re looking for anything to help it happen. One idea being floated is for teams to travel on game day to avoid staying in hotels, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Florio says that “multiple teams intend to fly to and from road games on the day of the game.” There would be plenty of drawbacks and cases where same day travel would be impossible. And multiple players have voiced their displeasure for the idea:

I’m not an NFL player, so I can’t imagine the difficulties of preparing for a game while also getting on a plane, but I doubt they are mutually beneficial. There will be other problems, such as flight delays, which are inevitable.

The idea sounds good in theory, but in practice it will be tough and coaches, in the end, will likely be against the idea if they think it hurts their chances of winning. This also isn’t going to be the end of odd ideas for the NFL to help mitigate the transfer of Covid-19.