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NFL doctors discontinuing physicals for players…

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NFL doctors discontinuing physicals for players...

The NFL Physicians Society is discontinuing physicals for players amid the coronavirus pandemic, the group told both the league and its players’ association, according to a letter obtained by NFL Network.

The decision will likely affect free agents who are awaiting physicals to officially sign contracts with new teams, as well as draft prospects whose health issues need to be rechecked by teams after last month’s NFL scouting combine.

In the letter, NFLPS president Dr. Anthony Casolaro said the suspension of physicals will last “until the health crisis has passed.”

“We believe it is not in the interest of the players nor team medical staff to continue to perform these physicals,” Casolaro wrote, according to NFL Network.

Casolaro is also the head Redskins physician.

“At a time of the most serious pandemic in our lifetime, we believe medical resources should focus on those who are ill or in need of care,” he wrote.

Casolaro added that official team physicals will resume “when it is appropriate to do so.”

The NFL has not clarified yet whether teams still can arrange for a player to undergo a physical in the geographic region near his home. The NFLPS informed the league and the NFL Players Association that it was halting physicals. But team doctors were not doing all of those physicals.

Free agents and draft prospects have already been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Physicals for free agents have been delayed due to travel logistics, which is why teams couldn’t officially announce player signings on social media when the new league year opened Wednesday. The NFL did give teams the option to conduct physicals with an independent doctor, as Tom Brady did with Tampa Bay.

Draft hopefuls have been prohibited from “all in-person predraft visits.”

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