The NFL successfully completed two full weeks of a regular season without a coronavirus outbreak threatening the integrity of the campaign or postponing a single game.
So far, so good.
Via a Tuesday joint statement from the NFL and NFL Players Association, the bodies confirmed that 14,074 coronavirus tests administered to players from Sept. 13-19 returned zero positive results. Over that same period, 22,590 tests administered to 5,407 personnel returned five positives.
MMQB's Albert Breer offered additional information that shows players, coaches, and others required for games have, for the most part, followed health and safety protocols since the middle of August:
Most NFL teams (30 of 32) started football practice on Aug. 12. Between then and Sept. 19, a stretch of five-and-a-half weeks, the league administered 94,091 player tests.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 22, 2020
Seven have come back positive.
One more time: Daily testing's the key to everything.
Tuesday's news comes less than 24 hours after it was learned that a trio of head coaches and their respective teams were hit with fines that totaled over $1 million because those coaches didn't properly wear masks or other face coverings on the sidelines.
Because it's known coronavirus tests can produce both "false positives" and "false negatives," it's unlikely the NFL will ease up on mask mandates even though the league extended daily testing of players and coaches through the rest of the season.