2:35 p.m. The Chiefs issue an official statement regarding the coronavirus epidemic, announcing that they are suspending business travel and requiring employees to work remotely for 14 days beginning on Monday. Read the full statement here.
10:29 a.m. Kansas City, Missouri mayor Quinton Lucas has declared a state of emergency, cancelling all events with attendance of 1,000 or more through April 2.
The Chiefs have done the same, a source tells me. They are exercising extreme caution and are in communication with the league and medical experts regarding the outbreak. https://t.co/1ZBRxWBBlQ— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 12, 2020
1:40 p.m. Schefter reports the NFL has cancelled all college player visits.
NFL has cancelled all college player visits either to the facility or to the school, per source. Only online communication, indefinitely.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2020
1:24 p.m. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero — and many others — report that the NFL’s league meeting in March has been cancelled, moving the business from that meeting — including votes on proposed rule changes — to the May meeting scheduled to begin May 19.
Rules changes and other football matters normally discussed at the spring meeting, which was scheduled for March 29-April 1, will now be discussed and voted on at the May meeting, with NFL coaches and GMs expected to attend. https://t.co/V933KjS4WC— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2020
12:47 p.m. The Eagles announce they are closing their facilities and stadium on Friday.
12:16 p.m. Schefter reports Minnesota Vikings announce suspension of coach and scout travel.
Vikings suspending travel for coaches and scouts until further notice and reviewing restrictions on large public gatherings. Team: “Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and fans and do our part to minimize the spread of this virus.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
11:56 a.m. Rapaport points out that getting physicals for draft prospects and free agents could be a significant concern.
Two notes:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
— The NFL has not cancelled any pre-draft visits or workouts. That’s at a team’s discretion.
— The biggest issue for free agency may be getting players physicals. Every year, there is 1 or 2 players who fail, but how does a team ask them to get on a commercial flight?
11:31 a.m. La Canfora says the NFL will announce changes to the upcoming league meetings, presently set for the end of March.
expect an announcement shortly from the NFL clarifying the future of the upcoming League meetings and perhaps the draft. I'm hearing from Team sources that the meetings set for two weeks in West Palm Beach will not take place as scheduled— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2020
11:22 a.m. Schefter changed his tune, confirming that as of Thursday morning, the league had no plans to change the start date of the league year, which is set for next Wednesday.
NFL said it has "no plans to move the start of the league year."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
10:58 a.m. Schefter points out that if NFL team training facilities are shut down, it could have a snowball effect that could go as far as affecting the league year that opens on Wednesday.
If NFL teams in fact shut down their training facilities, as many are now discussing, then it would be challenging at best to start the new league year next week, when buildings are closed and more pressing issues face their communities and this country. https://t.co/ReXxk5CZdH— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
10:53 a.m. A report from ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter suggests that team training facilities could be shut down.
Multiple NFL teams are discussing shutting down their training facilities due to the Coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
10:33 a.m. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the NFL originated the move to have all those except “operationally critical staff” to work from home until further notice.
The NFL has told all staff except for operationally critical staff to work from home until further notice beginning tomorrow — “out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our communities as our foremost priority."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
10:25 a.m. The Washington Redskins become the first NFL team to officially announce they were pulling coaches and scouts from the road.
Statement from Owner Dan Snyder: Due to health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19 #Redskins have informed all coaches and scouts to suspend all travel until further notice. pic.twitter.com/BOMPbNbdZl— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 12, 2020
10:14 a.m. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that most NFL employees will be working remotely before the weekend begins.
I'm hearing that a majority of NFL employees will start working from home beginning tomorrow— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2020