‘Football is a nonessential business’: Malcolm Jenkins concerned about NFL return during pandemic

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FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, then-Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins will join CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice, the network announced Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — New Orleans safety Malcolm, who’s also now a contributor for CNN, appeared on the cable news network Thursday morning and discussed a return to play for the NFL.

Jenkins re-signed with the Saints in March after spending six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A product of The Ohio State University, he was originally selected by New Orleans in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft and played with the Saints from 2009-2013.

“Football is a nonessential business, and, so, we don’t need to do it. So the risk, you know, has to be really eliminated before we — before I — would feel comfortable with going back,” Jenkins said.

For now, the NFL is scheduled for an on-time start to its 2020 schedule. That would mean training camps starting in late July and the season beginning in early September.

Jenkins was also asked about the the possibility of the NFL using a “bubble scenario” similar to the one the NBA is using in Orlando to finish its season.

“The NBA is a lot different than the NFL because they can actually quarantine all of their players or whoever is going to participate. We have over 2,000 players, even more coaches and staff. We can’t do that,” Jenkins said.

“So, we’ll end up kind of being on this trust system — the honor system — where we just have to hope that guys are social distancing,” he said. “And that puts all of us at risk. Not only us as players and who’s in the building, but when you go home to your families. I have parents that I don’t want to get sick.”

By: WDSU Digital Team

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