Negotiation is going on between NFL and NFPL regarding the necessary safety protocols for 2020 season.
Coronavirus has raised several issues and the NFL has been following the precautionary guidelines very well.
The league has tried its best to keep things in line and is still pondering over safety protocols. They banned team practices and cancelled the first two games of the pre-season to keep things in check.
Although they planned to go ahead with the 2020 season, they are taking safety seriously and laying down necessary rules.
But Houston Texan star, J.J. Watt has put his foot down about one rule. Let’s know what it is that.
J.J. Watt will not play if this happens
The Houston Texan star player has said that he will not play with face shields. That’s right. The star would rather not be on fields if NFL forces players to wear a full face shield.
While talking to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, he said he would not play in the season if he had to wear it.
J.J. Watt said, “My second year in the league, I thought it would be cool. I put a visor on my helmet. I was like, ‘It looks so cool, I want to put a visor on.’ I had it on for about three periods of practice and I said, ‘Take this sucker off, I’m going to die out here.’ Just the face one.
“So now you want to put something around my mouth? No. You can keep that. If that comes into play, I don’t think you’re going to see me out there on the field.”
NFL might suggest face masks
Although Watt has a straightforward ‘no’ for playing with masks on, the NFL is seriously considering them.
As per the reports, it has already tested different kinds of masks for the prevention of coronavirus.
The NFL’s medical director, Thom Mayer said that the league was very likely to suggest some kind of face mask in season 2020.
It will probably be an important protocol because masks have been proved to be useful in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus.