NFL News: Update for 6/18/20
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Daily NFL News for June 18, 2020
NFL News and Updates
Here’s your daily roundup of all the NFL news that will affect the 2020 season. Today we’re going over some of the league’s planned guidelines for practice and camps, as well as checking in on a few players from around the league, so let’s check out the latest NFL updates. Get Free NFL Picks and NFL Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Practice Squad Expansion? - With the NFL currently figuring out what things are going to look like during this 2020 season and making training camp format decisions, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of how things will look when teams hit the practice field. The league was already going to expand the practice squad rosters from 10 to 12 players in 2020, but now with the increased risks of positive coronavirus tests the NFL is reportedly now looking at expanding the rosters to 16 or more.
The roster expansions make sense; the NFL is expecting players to test positive for coronavirus weekly, so teams will have some shuffling to do in order to fill out their game-day lineups. Having a larger pool of practice squad players to select from is sensible, and probably necessary—at least for this season. Of course, the players’ union would have to agree on an expanded roster, but there’s not much doubt they would wholeheartedly welcome the prospect of additional NFL jobs.
Nothing is set in stone here yet, and the expansion issue will have to be discussed and agreed upon, but this is probably an issue we’ll be hearing more about over the coming days.
Coaches Want Season Delayed? - There’s a report floating around out there today which could have a big impact on the 2020 season. According to the report, several coaches are now reconsidering their positions on the NFL starting the season on time. Considering how Ezekiel Elliot and other players from the Cowboys and Texans tested positive for coronavirus this week, some coaches are now becoming hesitant about the league’s plans.
The report contained quotes from three unnamed coaches (so take all of it with that proverbial grain of salt), who questioned the wisdom of trying to start the 2020 season on time and characterized the recent positive tests as “scary.”
Although it’s just the three coaches, and although we don’t know which coaches, the quotes are still notable in that they show potential trepidation from the leadership roles in the NFL. Still, it’s only logical that the league will have at least some positive tests not only now, not only in camp, but in the regular season as well, considering states are opening back up and more people are out and about. What the NFL will do about the positive tests, their consistency in doing it, and precisely how widespread new infections will be as the season draws closer is still anyone’s guess, though.
Howard Won’t Be Suspended - One other note from down in Miami today: Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard will not be suspended or otherwise face NFL discipline stemming from his late-December domestic battery arrest.
Howard’s charges were dropped by Broward County in early February, and his fiancee signed an affidavit of non-prosecution.