There have been some doubts recently over the college football season being played, but the NFL reportedly remains as confident as ever behind closed doors.
NFL officials have privately been expressing a “high degree of confidence” that there will be a full 2020 season, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. It’s possible that some teams will be required to follow bubble protocols in their cities with extended hotel stays and other unique guidelines, but there is still optimism for an uninterrupted season after no players were added to the COVID-IR list on Saturday.
Teams have yet to begin practicing in pads, so there are some hurdles to clear. The NFL understands that there will likely be issues that pop up like players not being able to practice and/or having to miss games, but there is not a sense it will be enough to shut the season down or force the cancellation of games.
Florio also notes that there are some who believe the NFL’s health and safety protocols are designed to protect the league in case someone contracts the coronavirus. Still, officials believe the season can — and will — begin without interruption.
With increasing doubts about the college football season being played on schedule in the fall, the NFL appears ready to swoop in to fill the potential void.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL is likely to move some games to Saturdays in the event college football does not take place. There are some questions and hurdles about how this would work that would need to be addressed, but the league is motivated to attempt to do so.
Two key issues must be sorted out if this were to happen. First, the NFL would have to determine how these games would be broadcast, be it on television, via streaming, or some sort of pay-per-view service. Relatedly, the league would also need to receive special permission from the broadcast antitrust exemption which prevents the league from televising games on Saturdays for the majority of the season.
The NFL has been leaving the door open on this for months. It has every reason to want to swoop in if there are Saturday openings for football action, and broadcast partners would probably be in favor of that as well if there is no college football to televise.
Former NFL player Captain Munnerlyn was arrested at an airport for allegedly writing bad checks.
Andy Slater, a radio host at 640 AM in South Florida, reported on Friday that Munnerlyn was arrested at Miami International Airport. Slater says Munnerlyn was headed from Miami to Cancun but was pulled off his flight. There is a fugitive warrant for him in Las Vegas as he is accused of writing bad checks, Slater says.
DETAILS: Munnerlyn was headed from Miami to Cancun, Mexico.
He boarded the flight but was removed, sources say.
“This is a complete misunderstanding and we will clear this situation immediately,” his attorney Ricky Patel tells me.
Deion Sanders had a message on Friday for athletes who are opting out of their sports.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer reminded athletes that sports are a business and that athletes are interchangeable.
All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u. This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref,umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth
Sanders’ comments come a day after the final tally showed 69 NFL players opted out of playing this season. The New England Patriots topped the list with eight players choosing not to play. Some of the notable players who opted out include Nate Solder, Dont’a Hightower, Damien Williams, CJ Mosley and Star Lotulelei.
Sanders, 52, played both professional football and baseball during his career, and also ran track in college. He was a versatile, hard-working athlete, who was recognized as one of the best players in the league during his time in the NFL. He doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable conversations, which probably explains why he didn’t mind sending a tweet that would make some feel uncomfortable.
Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love could be in line for greater roles after Washington’s release of Derrius Guice.
Guice was let go by the Washington Football Team on Friday for his domestic violence arrest. Guice was cleared for football activity and looked like he would have a big role in Washington’s offense. Now, there will be three players Washington could be looking at more chances, and each player represents something different.
Veteran Adrian Peterson is regarded as more of a traditional early-down back. Though he is 35, he still found a large role in Washington’s offense last year, rushing for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries. He also has no plans of retiring any time soon.
Much like Guice, Love was returning from injury. The former Stanford star underwent a second surgery last year to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He was a fourth-round pick by Washington last year and is still looking to make his NFL debut.
The player who could really be in for something is Gibson. He was a third-round pick by Washington out of Memphis this year and ran a blazing 40 time at the NFL Combine. He’s a versatile player who could see action as both a running back and receiver, and could be Washington’s back of choice in passing situations.
Washington still has plenty of options even after releasing Guice.
Derrius Guice was released by the Washington Football Team on Friday after being arrested for domestic violence-related charges.
Guice turned himself in to authorities at Loudoun Adult Detention Center according to the Washington Post. He is facing five charges total, including a felony strangulation charge. The other four charges include: three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.
The 23-year-old entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2018, but has only appeared in five games for Washington. He suffered a torn ACL in his first preseason game, costing him the entire 2018 season. His 2019 was shortened by both the MCL sprain and a torn meniscus that cost him most of the first half of the year.
Cam Newton was overlooked by numerous NFL teams this offseason in large part because he has suffered multiple significant injuries over the past two years, but the former MVP does not sound like he is anticipating being slowed ahead of Week 1.
Newton told reporters on Friday that he is a “full go” after undergoing foot and shoulder surgery. The 31-year-old said he has no limitations at the moment.
“As far as how I feel right now, I feel amazing,” Newton said, via Chris Mason of MassLive.com. “I feel great. Probably not any different from any other person who’s in that locker room right now. So I’m extremely optimistic about that. But through it all, it’s just putting yourself in the position to be in the best shape and have your body in the best possible situation when you actually need it.”
The foot injury that knocked Newton out for the majority of the 2019 season was a Lisfranc injury, and those carry a strong risk of being re-aggravated. However, all reports have indicated that Newton is 100 percent healthy, and the Patriots probably would not have signed him otherwise.