New England Patriot’s cornerback, Jason McCourty, doubts the NFL is making player safety a priority, in regards to COVID-19 protocols.
COVID-19 has effected the fourth week of the NFL regular season, without question. The NFL forced the Steelers and Titans, to take a bye, due to the novel virus, and moved the game to October 21. Now, the virus now takes hold again, postponing the game against the Broncos for Week six.
This means, as of today, the Patriots will not touch the field until Week seven of the NFL 2020 regular season.
With growing concerns about the future of the 2020 regular season, Jason McCourty, cornerback for the New England Patriot’s, believes the NFL is not putting player safety, first.
“I think outside of here, the people that don’t have to walk in our building — whether it is the league office, whether it is the NFLPA — they don’t care,” McCourty told reporters from ESPN.
“For them, it is not about our best interest, or our health and safety, it is about, ‘What can we make protocol-wise that sounds good, looks good, and how can we go out there and play games?'” McCourty added
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McCourty’s words may have been influenced by fellow cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore, testing positive for the SARS-COV-2 virus, and the NFL’s decision to push forward the Chiefs game.
Gilmore reportedly was in close contact with Cam Newton, who had tested positive on Saturday, October 3.
Gilmore’s positive test resulted in the Patriot head coach, Bill Belichick, to close the Patriots’ facility for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
McCourty isn’t alone in his feelings about the NFL, and their COVID-19 protocols. McCourty’s brother, Devin McCourty, and special-teams captain Matthew Slater agreed with his sentiment, and want to “hold everyone accountable.”
The Kanas City Chief staffers and a player on the Chicago Bear’s practice squad both testing positive for SARS-COV-2, the same day McCourty made his views public.
The Patriots play the San Francisco 49ers, at home on October 25.
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