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Roger Goodell says NFL prepared to adjust schedule if necessary

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks ahead of the

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.  Credit: AP/Steve Helber

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the NFL will be “prepared for all alternatives” in the event the league is forced to adjust its regular-season plans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We consider public safety in everything that we do,” Goodell said Friday on the Rich Eisen Show. “So we’re obviously going to have that in the forefront when we’re making all of our plans. We’ll be prepared for all alternatives.”

Goodell said he looks forward to staging the draft – which will be done in a virtual format – Thursday through Saturday. The draft had been scheduled for Las Vegas, but all public events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s important to have normalcy,” he said. “We’re doing this in a way that I think demonstrates that you can continue to do what we need to do in this country and do it safely from home. Our clubs want their roster finalized, they want to be moving forward. We want to keep on schedule as best we can.”

Goodell will announce the picks the first two nights from the basement of his home in Westchester. The draft  also will feature a fundraising component that will assist six non-profit organizations helping in the fight against COVID-19.

“All of this hopefully will inspire our country, but it’s also giving us a platform to thank the people on the front line,” he said. “We have a great opportunity here to provide relief funds for so many people that are in need today.”

Goodell said the league will release its regular-season schedule by May 9.

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