Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is not a doctor, but his prognosis for the NFL season is not healthy at all. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians delivered a stunning quote about the NFL’s plan to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with the Tampa Bay Times, Arians made it clear he doesn’t think any player will avoid sickness: “We’ve got to be careful,” Arians said. “The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

Buccaneers have already dealt with positive COVID-19 cases

Arians and the Bucs have some experience with the coronavirus pandemic already. Tampa Bay announced last month that an undisclosed numbers of players tested positive for COVID-19.

That took place long before the players were even allowed at team facilities, too. Once training camp starts up in late July, it’s going to be even harder to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Florida is currently embroiled in a stunning COVID-19 firestorm

Complicating matters even more, the state of Florida is one of the worst-hit states right now in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Incredibly, on Tuesday the state-wide positive rate was a stunning 20.8% — setting a record.

To date, Florida has seen nearly 214,000 infections, with roughly half of that total coming in recent weeks. Hillsborough County, where Tampa is, has seen its total go past 15,000 infections, per WUSF News.

NFL players worried about playing during the 2020 season

The NFLPA came out with a strongly worded statement, through president J.C. Tretter, on Tuesday that indicates the players and NFL itself are far apart when it comes to health and safety issues.

Other players have made it clear they are uncomfortable with the idea of playing amid the pandemic. This includes Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, who said there are significant questions that must be answered, and Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints.

Considering the fact that at least one head coach (Arians) thinks every player will get sick, it appears they have every reason to be concerned.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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1923–1924
Arnie Horween
1925–1926
Norman Barry
1927
Guy Chamberlin
1928
Fred Gillies
1929
Dewey Scanlon
1930–1931
Ernie Nevers
1931
Roy Andrews
1932
Jack Chevigny
1933–1934
Paul Schissler
1935–1938
Milan Creighton
1939
Ernie Nevers
1940–1942
Jimmy Conzelman
1943-1945
Phil Handler
1944
Walt Kiesling
1946–1948
Jimmy Conzelman
1949
Buddy Parker
1950–1951
Curly Lambeau
1951
Cecil Isbell
1952
Joe Kuharich
1953–1954
Joe Stydahar
1955–1957
Ray Richards
1958–1961
Pop Ivy
1961
Ray Willsey
1961
Ray Prochaska
1961
Chuck Drulis
1962–1965
Wally Lemm
1966–1970
Charley Winner
1971–1972
Bob Hollway
1973–1977
Don Coryell
1978–1979
Bud Wilkinson
1979
Larry Wilson
1980–1985
Jim Hanifan
1986–1989
Gene Stallings
1989
Hank Kuhlmann
1990–1993
Joe Bugel
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Buddy Ryan
1996–2000
Vince Tobin
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Dave McGinnis
2004–2006
Dennis Green
2007–2012
Ken Whisenhunt
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2018
Steve Wilks
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