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The NFL’s chief medical officer came down hard Tuesday against shifting to a bubble environment amid the league’s run of positive COVID-19 test results, saying it wouldn’t be foolproof and citing the mental health risks of an extended period of social isolation.
Dr. Allen Sills reiterated during a conference call that the league has been discussing the bubble option since March, long before it was successfully implemented by multiple professional leagues across North America, including the NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS and NWSL. He said the league hasn’t ruled out the option of a bubble later this season.
But even after an outbreak among the Tennessee Titans, nearly a dozen rescheduled games through Week 5 and a total of 47 confirmed infections across the league during the past two testing periods, Sills said: “We don’t feel that [concept] is the safest course of action.”
He added: “I think we all have to recognize that there are no perfect [solutions] here. First of all, a bubble is not going to keep out all infections. You still have other individuals that come in and out: service workers, security, other personnel. And we’ve