The coronavirus has hit the sports world hard, and while the NFL was more unaffected by the outbreak than other leagues, they will now have to deal with the same problems other sports such as baseball, basketball and hockey have during their restarts.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, members of the Raiders logged onto a Zoom call last week expecting to see coach Gruden. Instead they were greeted by special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who informed the players that Gruden had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the hospital being taken care of. Naturally, the players were taken aback before Bisaccia revealed that what he said wasn't actually true.
The team wanted to illustrate to the players that anyone at any moment could contract the coronavirus, and that every player has to stay ready because the pandemic does not discriminate. Garafolo reports that the players really took the lesson to heart, and understand that it is a different world we are currently living in.
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