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ProFootballDoc: There Has Yet To Be A Cross-Team Transmission In Any Sport

OutKick’s own Dr. Chao joined Clay this morning to discuss Big Ben’s return and the fact that there has not been a documented case of COVID transmission across teams in any sport.

“Well, I actually defined all the rules and the definitions for all the terms close contact, high risk, asymptomatic, positive, symptomatic, positive, etc, at OutKick on the ProFootballDoc podcast. And close contacts can return to practice in contact with the team, basically the next day, immediately. They’re just put on hold for an investigation. If you’re determined to be high risk, that requires a mandatory five-day quarantine. But it’s five days from your high-risk contact, not five days from the media reporting that you’re on the list. And part of that hasn’t been fully defined. But Dr. Sills of the NFL, who has done a good job, has said that part of it is if you’re within six feet of someone and not wearing a mask. If you’re within six feet, I think you’d become close contact with it for 15 minutes, but if you’re not wearing a mask, within six feet, that’s when you become high risk. And if you notice on the sidelines, a lot more players are wearing masks to try and avoid that high-risk designation. And also the sidelines used to be from the 32 to the 32, and now it’s from the 20 to the 20.

“So, they’ve widened the sidelines and understood that, to date, in all of the documented professional sports, not just football, not just college football, there has yet to be, in professional leagues anyways, rugby, soccer across the world, of a cross-team transmission. In other words, to an opponent on the playing field. That hasn’t been documented. I’m not saying it’s impossible. It just hasn’t been documented yet. And so, Big Ben, getting back to it, this COVID high-risk designation actually doesn’t affect him at all because he wasn’t going to practice this entire week anyways, with his left knee MCL sprain. He was going to play, and it’s the same with COVID in this case. He’s not going to practice, and he’s going to play with that knee issue. So, even though the line is open, it’s Steelers -10. And with Big Ben’s injury news it went to, on FanDuel, -6.5. That line is going to go back up once it’s determined he’s good to go for Sunday.”

Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP

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