Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie released a statement recently as we all continue to adjust ourselves to the growing news of the Corona Virus.
In the wake of everything that’s going on with the COVID-19 issue, the NBA season has been suspended. The NCAA has canceled its tournaments, both at a conference and at a national level, but the news doesn’t stop there. Now, the NFL seems to be paying closer attention as Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Thursday.
According to Lurie, the Eagles are closing the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field until further notice. Employees are being encouraged to work from home as it’s safe to assume that the other 31 NFL franchises will follow suit in the very near future.
"We have been closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking actions recommended by the CDC, state and local health departments, our Chief Medical Officer and others. In accordance with that guidance, and with the health and safety of our communities as a priority, the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field will be closing tomorrow, March 13. Our staff, with limited exceptions, have been instructed to work from home."
The statement goes on to state that Philly will continue their preparations for the 2020 season. So far, there’s no real word on how this will affect the Pro Days of so many programs at the collegiate level, but it’s safe to assume the athletic directors and the NCAA will work hand in hand at ensuring that they make the proper decisions once more information is gathered.
Once more is learned, we can all make some better-educated guesses on how the NFL’s free agency period will move forward and whether or not the upcoming draft will be affected in some way. Once that news is passed along to us over here at ITI, our staff will pass that information over to our readers. Stay safe and healthy in the meantime.