Dan Patrick Reports NFL Has Plans to Start Season Later if Necessary

On the heels of yesterday's news that the Hall of Fame Game between the Steelers and Cowboys had been canceled, Dan Patrick reported this morning that an "impeccable source" has told him since the NFL released its schedule that there have been plans in place to start the season later if necessary due to COVID-19.

The fact that the NFL would have a contingency in place for a virus which has caused the entire world to fall back into contingencies isn't exactly breaking news, but the way Patrick spoke about it seemed interesting to me — like he wasn't really supposed to be saying it and that it could be more likely than not.

With college football players returning to campuses and a handful of schools having dozens of players test positive for coronavirus, there's a renewed skepticism of the likelihood of schools being able to complete a full season — at least as they're presently constructed. And with NFL teams not having yet returned to their facilities to resume workouts or begin training camp yet, nobody knows if the same issues will arise within the League.

So I suppose all we can do is wait and see what happens when all these teams head back to their facilities for training camp and hope we'll be able to start the season on time and make it all the way through. But it sounds like the NFL is prepared for that to not be the case.