Extra byes, forfeits, bubbles and the Titans' troubles: The latest on the NFL's COVID-19 problem

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Already the most exhausting season in history, the 2020 NFL campaign now peeks its head around the corner into Week 5 amid cacophonous calamity.

Every morning brings fresh news of positive COVID-19 tests, schedule delays, amended protocols, questions that spawn more questions. Two games were postponed last week, and two more already have been postponed this week. The Tennessee Titans are under investigation and have been banned from their own facility for 10 days so far. The New England Patriots‘ two best players have tested positive for the coronavirus, and they haven’t practiced yet this week after playing on Monday night. Both teams’ Week 5 opponents wait for final word on whether and when they might play. No one knows where the next COVID-19-related issue will start, only that it will, and bring with it even more questions and complications.

It feels like a lot. It is.

But we’re all in this together, so I thought this week I’d try to help put some things into perspective. The vast majority of the reporting I’m doing on the NFL these days is COVID-19-related, so let’s apply some of what I’ve learned to some of the bigger questions

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