NFLPA announces positive COVID-19 tests with ... a typo?

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

One way to unite NFL fans is to collectively laugh at the way the league bungles its own investigations, research, marketing, and many other major functions of a multibillion-dollar entity. Clearly, the NFLPA isn't immune to such clumsiness.

Nothing too serious, just the announcement of positive COVID-19 tests across the league. The NFLPA posted new data to its website on Tuesday, initially saying 95 players tested positive for the virus. They soon changed that number to 59 players.

According to the NFLPA, it wasn't a simple typo, which anyone can relate to when they're writing anything other than official data on a global pandemic. This is more like a brain-fart. The players association explained in a Twitter reply that the 95 represents all personnel across the NFL, meaning 36 non-players tested positive. Either way, it was an unfortunate slip of the keyboard for a number no one would want to get wrong for even a minute.

Feb 1, 2018; Bloomington, MN, USA; A detailed view of NFLPA logo during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 1, 2018; Bloomington, MN, USA; A detailed view of NFLPA logo during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

But no one was hurt in the carnage, thankfully. Perhaps a handful of people got very angry on the internet. The important thing is, the NFL and the players association have agreed to COVID-19 testing procedures for training camp and the season, days before veterans are all expected to report.

That came after a group of players united in a coordinated effort to call out the league for unclear or unsatisfactory safety measures. The league hasn't delayed anything throughout the offseason, so it's not surprising that they'd reach that particular deal in a last-minute cram session.

Just another night of off-field weirdness in the NFL. It's riveting stuff, frankly.

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