The NFL Physicians Society is discontinuing physicals for players amid the coronavirus pandemic, the group told both the league and its players’ association, according to a letter obtained by NFL Network.
The decision will affect draft prospects whose health issues need to be rechecked by teams after last month’s NFL scouting combine.
Teams still can arrange for free agents or players who are traded to undergo a physical in their homes cities or at another nearby location by a third-party doctor.
In the letter, NFLPS president Dr. Anthony Casolaro said the suspension of physicals will last “until the health crisis has passed.”
“We believe it is not in the interest of the players nor team medical staff to continue to perform these physicals,” Casolaro wrote, according to NFL Network.