Roger Goodell: NFL prepared for more 'uncertainty' in 2021

The NFL hasn't yet committed to whether it will hold a 17-game regular season in 2021.
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(670 The Score) The NFL has one game remaining in this unprecedented season that has been conducted amid the coronavirus pandemic, having played all 256 regular-season games and every postseason contest as scheduled leading up to the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The NFL hasn't yet turned its focus toward the 2021 season yet, commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday. While the league is hopeful ongoing vaccination efforts can lead to a more normal season, there are no current expectations for what's to come.

"One of the things that I have learned and I think all of us have learned is try not to project too far in advance because it's difficult to do," Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl press conference.

The NFL hasn't made formal plans for this upcoming offseason, Goodell said, something that must be ironed out with the players' association. Goodell added that, "Virtual is going to be part of our life." The NFL Combine set for later in February was the first event to be drastically altered, as it will be held without in-person workouts this year.

The NFL hasn't yet made a decision on whether it will move to a 17-game regular season in 2021, Goodell said. The league also hasn't reached a policy regarding coronavirus vaccines, such whether they'll be required for players or those attending games.

After the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL's 32 teams aren't scheduled to gather again until April. That marks the start of the offseason program, which could be entirely virtual for a second straight spring.

"Wait as long as you possible can, be prepared for the uncertainty and find solutions," Goodell said. "Work the problem. That's what we've done.

"We have learned to work in a very difficult environment. We have found solutions. And we'll do it again. That's what we believe is a lesson for us this year."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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