Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead still battling COVID-19, expected to miss rest of season (ESPN)

ESPN: Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead still battling COVID-19, expected to miss rest of season. “Armstead has been hospitalized twice and has suffered from a variety of complications connected to the virus, including significant respiratory issues, and has been hit harder than some expected.”

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events. “Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become ‘superspreader’ events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center have extended their artificial intelligence–based COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool to incorporate NFL and NCAA football games. The model can help public officials and team owners in their decision-making regarding in-person attendance.”

The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System (NBC News)

NBC News: The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System. “Wendel Stevens has spent decades mixing sound for live football broadcasts. During a game, he’s thinking about the sound of the announcers’ voices, when to play the iconic theme music, what players are doing on the field and what coaches are yelling from the sidelines. But there’s one thing he’s never had to give much thought: the crowd.”

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases. “The NFL and the players union are investigating members of the Tennessee Titans for possibly violating health protocols, an NFL spokesman confirmed Thursday. Following an unsanctioned, off-site practice during a Covid-19 outbreak among the team last week, the league and the NFL Players’ Association sent investigators to Nashville. On Friday, the league banned gatherings outside of team facilities.”

Western Mass News: Patriots cancel practice amid reports of new positive test

Western Mass News: Patriots cancel practice amid reports of new positive test. “Sports Illustrated reported that reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and was added to the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The Patriots did not give a reason for Wednesday’s cancellation and did not immediately respond when asked if it was related to a third positive test.”

ESPN: Steelers-Titans postponed after positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee

ESPN: Steelers-Titans postponed after positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee. “The postponement follows positive COVID-19 tests among the Titans from four players — starting nose tackle DaQuan Jones, linebacker Kamalei Correa, long-snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson — and five team personnel members this week.”

NY Daily News: Tennessee Titans facilities shut down after 3 players, 5 staffers test positive for coronavirus

NY Daily News: Tennessee Titans facilities shut down after 3 players, 5 staffers test positive for coronavirus. “The Tennessee Titans are being forced to shut down their facilities after three players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19. ‘On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives,’ the NFL said in a statement. ‘The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.'”

CNN: 5 NFL teams and coaches who didn’t wear masks during games face more than $1 million in fines

CNN: 5 NFL teams and coaches who didn’t wear masks during games face more than $1 million in fines. “Two more NFL teams, the New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders, are being fined $250,000 each because their head coaches were not wearing face coverings during a game Monday, a league source told CNN on Tuesday. The head coaches, Sean Payton of the Saints and Jon Gruden of the Raiders, are being fined $100,000 each, the source said.”

CNN: Chiefs fan who attended game tests positive for Covid-19 and now everyone who sat near them is in quarantine

CNN: Chiefs fan who attended game tests positive for Covid-19 and now everyone who sat near them is in quarantine. “A fan who attended the Kansas City Chiefs’ opening night game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 has tested positive for Covid-19. The Kansas City Health Department said the individual that tested positive watched the game from the group’s box in the lower level of the stadium and tested positive the following day. The positive test has prompted the Kansas City Health Department to direct 10 people there to quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus.”

US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme

US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme. “A National Football League (NFL) player has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

CNET: Twitter, NFL and Bud Light say fans will be able to celebrate a touchdown virtually with players

CNET: Twitter, NFL and Bud Light say fans will be able to celebrate a touchdown virtually with players. “On Tuesday, the NFL, Twitter and Bud Light said that players will see tweets and videos from their fans displayed on a screen in the end zone during a game’s big moments such as a touchdown, allowing the athletes to react to the online chatter through a camera. Called the ‘Bud Light Showtime cam,’ the three companies say it will allow players to showcase their personalities and connect with their fans in real-time. Twitter users who tweet about the games using #ShowtimeCam and #BudLightSweepstakes could get their tweets featured and seen by the players.”

Yahoo Sports: Bills send all rookies home from training camp after 5 positive COVID-19 tests

Yahoo Sports: Bills send all rookies home from training camp after 5 positive COVID-19 tests. “The Buffalo Bills sent all their rookies home from training camp on Thursday following a fifth positive COVID-19 test at the facility. Players who were at the facility for meetings will instead participate in virtual meetings,” NFL Network reports. The Bills announced the decision in a statement.”

CNN: NFL cancels preseason games ahead of 2020 season, commissioner says

CNN: NFL cancels preseason games ahead of 2020 season, commissioner says. “here will be no preseason games for the National Football League this year, according to an open letter published Monday by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The mandate comes as every aspect of sporting world has been affected by coronavirus. Earlier this year, the NFL had to hold its draft virtually to avoid the spread of the virus. The season is set to begin in September.”

NBC Sports: Players must pass three COVID-19 tests before reporting

NBC Sports: Players must pass three COVID-19 tests before reporting. “On the day a team’s infection control officer announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, comes word that players will have to pass another test just to get in the door. According to Judy Battista of NFL Network, players now have to pass three tests before they are allowed to enter a team’s facility.”