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Multiple NFL teams suspended their pro day travel Thursday due to the growing concerns surrounding the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, but the new league year is still set to begin as scheduled this coming Wednesday.
The Washington Redskins were the first team to announce they have suspended all pro day travel, which includes all of their scouts and coaches.
“Due to health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have informed all of our scouts and coaches that they must return to their home bases and travel will be suspended until further notice,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “The health and safety of our staff and players is our number one priority and we feel that these are the necessary precautions given the current circumstances.”
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Redskins will also be canceling their 30 pre-draft visits to their facility.
The following teams have also announced that they are suspending travel for their scouts and coaches, listed in alphabetical order: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to suspending air travel for all personnel, the Chicago Bears announced that they have postponed draft prospect visits to Halas Hall. The Bears also have temporarily closed both office locations and asked employees to work remotely Friday.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the New York Jets have also pulled all of their coaches and scouts off the road for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 concerns.