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In the midst of a pandemic, the official tampering period is set to begin Monday.

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With every major college and professional sport on hold due to the Caronavirus pandemic, it’s almost surreal that the NFL calendar, as it currently sits, is entirely unaffected. As bars, restaurants, schools, and gatherings of more than 50 people systematically shut down over the next week, the NFL is gearing up to begin the new league year come Wednesday at 2:00pm MT.

While I’m an enormous fan of the NFL and the Denver Broncos, I’m not exactly sure how to feel about business as usual in the NFL. I certainly welcome the potential distraction that this time of year could provide from social society grinding to a halt, but I can’t help but wonder if attentions would be better served elsewhere. Where elsewhere? I’ve got no idea.

These are unprecedented times and there is no manual as to how things should be done. Are the Denver Broncos going to be able to fulfill that familiar role as a distraction from day-to-day monotony when the day-to-day is so different from anything we’ve ever experienced? After the attacks of 9-11, the resumption of NFL helped bring us together. Is it incumbent upon the NFL to do so again?

As it sits now, the Denver Broncos and NFL are going to move forward. Only time will tell if those making these decisions have made the right ones.

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