Report: NFL Denied Patriots’ Request For Bigger Locker Room Area In Kansas Metropolis

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots requested extra locker room house at Arrowhead Stadium as a way to preserve social distancing and abide by COVID-19 protocols however had been denied that request, based on a brand new report.

Mike Florio of Professional Soccer Discuss famous Thursday that “per a league supply, the Patriots requested for extra space, and their request was declined.”

It’s a notable report, for a number of causes.

Because it pertains to the Patriots, the workforce traveled in two separate airplanes to the sport, which was performed simply three days after quarterback Cam Newton examined optimistic for COVID-19. One airplane carried all of Newton’s shut contacts (reportedly a gaggle of about 20 gamers and coaches), whereas the opposite airplane carried everybody else within the Patriots’ touring social gathering.

Clearly, the Patriots had been doing their greatest to abide by social distancing measures to assist stop an outbreak. After all, cramming all gamers inside one of many smallest visiting locker rooms upon their arrival possible made all of {that a} wasted effort.

Right here’s a glance inside that visiting locker room, to get an thought of the tight quarters:

Tom Brady hugs Brian Hoyer after the 2018 AFC Championship Sport at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photograph by Jamie Squire/Getty Pictures)

Patriots gamers have a good time within the visiting locker room in Kansas Metropolis after defeating the Chiefs within the 2018 AFC Championship Sport. (Photograph by Jamie Squire/Getty Pictures)

Outdoors of the Patriots, the NFL is reportedly readying a extreme punishment for the Tennessee Titans for reported participant exercises through the shutdown of the workforce’s facility, a transparent violation of NFL protocols. Something from the stripping of excessive draft picks to the forfeiture of video games to educate/GM suspensions are apparently on the desk for the Titans.

That could be a justifiable response for the NFL, positive. However the league not offering groups the chance to maintain gamers at a distance positive makes the entire enhanced tips and stricter insurance policies launched this week ring a bit hole. The denial of a request for added locker room house could be noteworthy for any workforce throughout this coronavirus-impacted season; its incidence for a workforce that was actively attempting to restrict potential unfold of the virus and for a workforce that may produce two extra optimistic checks days after stated recreation shines a brilliant mild of hypocrisy on the NFL.

Follow squad defensive deal with Invoice Murray was positioned on the COVD-19/reserve record on Tuesday, although he didn’t make the journey to Kansas Metropolis. However on Wednesday, it was realized that Stephon Gilmore examined optimistic.

Gilmore had traveled within the airplane carrying shut contacts of Newton, an effort of separation that was seemingly rendered moot when he was cramped inside a really small visiting locker room in a recreation that the NFL refused to postpone for longer than a day.

As of Thursday, it seems the unfold of the virus has not grown. Not but, not less than. With an incubation interval that varies, the Patriots know that everybody who’s been in touch with nearly any teammate over the previous week has to fret about producing a optimistic check within the coming days.

In the mean time, all of them have to organize for an additional recreation that the NFL adamantly doesn’t need to postpone, after an NFL-forced quick week which can possible embody zero on-field practices and nil in-person conferences.

So, on the one hand, you may have an NFL that purports to care very deeply about limiting the unfold of COVID-19, to the purpose that the league is now on the verge of levying extreme punishments to anybody who violates league guidelines. Then again, you may have an NFL that doesn’t look like doing very a lot to assist groups, gamers and coaches adjust to the principles set forth by the league.

There’s not essentially a proper option to navigate a soccer season throughout a pandemic. There’s definitely a unsuitable approach. The NFL is writing the ebook.

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