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Giants Now (3/13): Team issues statement; NFL cancels annual meeting

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The Giants issued the following statement on Thursday

"Ten days ago, we convened an internal task force to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The group, led by our medical, legal and human resources departments, is responsible for communicating to our organization the latest information, advisories and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health officials and other resources.

"As of today and for the foreseeable future, we have taken our scouts and coaches off the road for pro days and campus workouts. All business travel has been suspended until further notice. In addition, we will limit visitors and personnel to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and have required most of our employees to work from home for the next two weeks.

"We will continue to assess our operations and procedures based on what the medical community and science dictates. Our concern and care is for those in our organization, our staff and players, and the communities in which they live."

NFL cancels annual meeting

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified clubs Thursday that after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, the NFL's annual meeting scheduled for March 29-April 1 has been canceled.

There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for May 19-20. Most of the first day will be dedicated to football-related issues. Head coaches and general managers will participate in the meeting.

This decision was made consistent with the league's primary concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations. ​

They will continue to closely monitor developments, consult with leading experts, and be prepared to make any changes necessary as circumstances warrant."

Earlier in the week, four clubs submitted a total of seven playing rule change proposals for the 2020 season. Among the proposals is the addition of a "booth umpire" as the eighth member of an officiating crew. It would create an officiating advisor who is positioned somewhere other than the playing field, with full communication to on-field officials and access to a television monitor that displays all broadcast angles provided through the NFL's network independence system.

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