Saints Malcolm Jenkins: NFL is nonessential business, virus threat needs to be eliminated

Despite the recent surge of coronavirus cases in a number of states, including Texas and California which set single-day records Wednesday with more than 5,000 and 7,000, the NBA and MLB appear to be on their way back.

Yes, I also believe the NHL is returning at some point but let’s be real, we’re talking about sports people care about.

But even though the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball are returning, both suspended their seasons for long, extended periods. And I’m willing to bet that if and when play resumes for either league, if a player or a coach or anyone associated with a team comes down with the virus, the season is over.

Now, with the return of the NBA and MLB on the way, the next upcoming season, which likely garners more interest than either basketball or baseball combined, is football. People love college football and the National Football League.

However, with football season quickly approaching, the NFL’s Commissioner, Roger Goodell, is likely to be asked what precautions the league will be taking to protect players and coaches amid the pandemic.

Will teams play all 16 games? Will the season be delayed and/or shortened at all? Will fans be allowed into stadiums?

There’s a lot of questions that haven’t been answered as far the NFL is concerned. So far, during the off-season, several players have contracted the virus, including Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliot.

I can’t imagine players or coaches would even consider returning to the sidelines unless the NFL at least answers some of those questions about safety and health.

On Thursday morning, Saints Malcolm Jenkins said the NFL isn’t an essential business and then went on to say that the threat of the virus needs to be eliminated before he would feel comfortable returning.

I understand that this is just one player’s opinion but he can’t be the only one who feels this way. What will the NFL do?

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