The NFL is preparing to end the use of military honor guards to present the American flag ahead of the national anthem, according to reports.
A league source claims that the policy benching military, federal, and police guards is part of its COVID-19 response, according to Front Office Sports.
“They won’t be on the field,” a source told the site. “That could change as the season progresses. But that’s the plan at the beginning.”
It appears that there will be no flags on the field and the flag will only appear on electronic scoreboards during the playing of the national anthem, at least for the beginning of the season.
The league is also eliminating or limiting other on-field personnel such as reporters, cheerleaders, photographers, and some medical personnel.
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