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With Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell turning into the first player to land on the COVID-19/reserve checklist all by technique of the extraordinary season, that dawdle isn’t necessarily the head of the yarn — and it’s likely apt the initiating.

Designate Maske of the Washington Put up reports that the NFL is “hopeful” Sunday’s Bears-Falcons sport will proceed as scheduled. The hideous test for Terrell has sparked contact tracing and extra sorting out that, in principle, would possibly well furthermore lead to extra Falcons avid gamers sorting out obvious sooner than the game starts at 1: 00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

It’s a wait-and-peek remark. Some unnamed sources who spoke to Maske had been confident that there shall be no factors. Others indicated that the test outcomes, which shall be readily available on Sunday morning, “will handbook all of it.”

The league has performed ultra-flexible roster principles this season. In the occasion of a plague, groups can promote up to 16 people of the observe squad as cramped as 90 minutes sooner than kickoff.

The Commissioner has created a committee of outside advisors to support him with COVID-19 factors. As one offer explained it to PFT sooner than the season started, the committee (and in turn the Commissioner) obtained’t be inclined to grant dispensations in the procure of a postponement or a cancellation to a workforce that loses extra than one avid gamers due to a COVID-19 obvious result. Football is the ideal “next man up” sport, and the Falcons shall be anticipated to backload the masses of positions on the self-discipline with avid gamers in repeat to proceed with 11 on offense, 11 on defense, and 11 on special groups.

The league has no longer established definitive numbers as to minimum avid gamers that a workforce must dangle healthy and readily available for sport days. The league can dangle in recommendations all relevant facts and stipulations when dangle in recommendations whether or no longer to place off or to extinguish a sport.

If the Bears-Falcons sport is postponed, it’s unclear when it would possibly well be played. The groups dangle byes in assorted weeks, casting off the likelihood of bumping to sport to the weekend when the two groups in some other case would be off.