As American professional sports return during the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL and NBA have dealt with less positive tests and less overall issues than the NFL and MLB.
The difference is that pro hockey and basketball are currently playing in a bubble environment, while baseball and football aren’t.
But it appears the bubble plan is coming to the NFL. ESPN reported Tuesday afternoon that the Dallas Cowboys are going to put a bubble plan into effect by Friday, joining the New Orleans Saints in using the bubble plan.
A large group of Cowboys players and coaches are moving into a hotel close to their team facility and they will conduct all business there when not practicing. The New Orleans Saints are doing something similar.
Surely, Raiders coach Jon Gruden will monitor what the Saints and Cowboys are doing — and may even copy it. There are several large hotels near the Raiders’ facility and it would be easy to pull off if they make that decision.
Gruden has made it clear how important it is to combat the coronavirus and has been a focal point of training camp. As of now, the only Las Vegas players on the reserve/COVID-19 list are running back Rod Smith and defensive end Maxx Crosby.