We are getting closer to NFL football. Or are we? While the season is set to start in September, the league has already gone ahead and canceled two preseason games and players in the league have voiced concerns about playing during the state the country is in right now. Rams team captain and left tackle Andrew Whitworth was one of those players as he announced on an NFLPA call yesterday that he and his family had indeed tested positive for COVID-19.
Whitworth explained that a member of his family went out to lunch with a friend and the virus went through his entire family. Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic reported in addition to the news, that Whitworth had been in contact with Sean McVay during this time as well. As a precaution, McVay was tested for the virus and his test came back negative.
It’s worth mentioning that Whitworth’s positive test makes him the second player this offseason that has tested positive for COVID-19 on the Rams. Center Brian Allen tested positive back in April and now the Rams have another player and this time it’s one of their key players. Like it’s been said, football returning in September is far from being a lock. With cases like these coming up, it shows you just how quickly this virus can spread and the NFL and NFLPA are going to have to work hard to figure out a solution to this.
Forget about fans being in the stands at this point, the NFL may not start the season in September with or without them. It’s going to be something to watch out for that’s for sure.
In addition to all of that, workers helping to bring the Rams new home of SoFi Stadium to life have also tested positive for COVID-19 per the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. While 16 just recently tested positive for the virus, 49 people in total have tested positive during the construction of the new stadium. All the more reason to tread lightly on the idea of football being a lock to return in September.