With NFL training camp in full swing, the league, its players and coaches will now have to face the multitude of challenges that come with executing a season in the middle of a global pandemic.
The NBA and NHL went with the bubble concept and everything appears to be going well, while Major League Baseball's system suffered its first outbreak this week when as many of 18 Marlins reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after just one series.
Since NFL rosters are larger, football is more conducive to transmitting the virus and if the 2020 season goes on as scheduled, it will be played in the fall, where many health experts expect another wave of cases to threaten the country's population. As Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera reiterated Tuesday, players will have to be diligent if a non-bubble concept is going to work.
Ravens fans may be able to rest easy knowing their quarterback and reigning NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson has kept every tick of coronavirus away from him this summer.
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"I feel like I've done a pretty good job because every test came back negative," Jackson said. "I don't have any corona, not one tick in me. I think I've been doing a great job of quarantining and I'm gonna keep it that way."
Jackson was active during the offseason working out and promoting Madden 21 as the game's cover athlete. But because he's kept his circle small and has seemingly followed necessary guidelines, he enters training camp clean and with a new name for himself.
"I'm the new bubble boy," he said.
Training camp and the regular season will present new challenges for everyone, not just Jackson. But how can you not be confident in the new bubble boy?
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