San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said the team are blinded by new coronavirus regulations put in place by Santa Clara County officials that will force the 49ers to find a new temporary home for practices and the games.
The county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on training and games for contact sports from Monday. The Niners were on a plane preparing to fly to Los Angeles where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday when players and coaches heard about the new rules that will force the team out of their homes.
“We worked with them as a partner, just trying to understand,” Shanahan said. “For us to leave here yesterday and the relationship we have with them, for all of our players and coaches and everyone on that plane and our wives to find out as we get on a plane and no one to tell us. . It was just extremely disappointing.
A county spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules also require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles in the county to be quarantined for 14 days. The 49ers were due to return from the trip on Sunday evening a few hours before the rules went into effect.
The 49ers will now have to find a new place to train and play games. They have two home games scheduled in that three-week streak: Dec. 7 against Buffalo and Dec. 13 against Washington.
While there are options away from Santa Clara in the Bay Area, including the former home of the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum, it seems more likely the team will play their home games in a stadium. the NFL existing in this market. The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys do not have home games scheduled on the same day as the Niners’ home games for the rest of the season.
“They made this decision and we have to face it,” Shanahan said. “But to find out through a tweet or a press conference where I have an entire plane approaching me, I have all the wives, everyone’s girlfriends, everyone’s family members. world, children, who say what they heard there. Are we going to be gone all of December? Are we going to be quarantined for 14 days upon our return? That’s all we could talk about in the last 18 hours because we haven’t gotten any response from them. I was just very disappointed.
The Niners have a few days to finalize their decision. With their next game not until a week on Monday, the team won’t start training until Thursday.
“We’ll see what the future holds,” said quarterback Nick Mullens. “It’s hard for us, but it’s harder for families. We’ll see what happens. We will adjust and we will be ready. ”
The rules will also have an impact on the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and varsity teams at Stanford and San Jose State.
Stanford and the State of San Jose also have several sports in season. The Cardinal still has a home football game scheduled for Dec. 12 against Oregon State and will need to find a place to train outside of the county this week.
The Spartans will play home football games Dec. 5 against Hawaii and Dec. 11 against Nevada. San Jose State was practicing pre-season a few hundred miles away in Humboldt State due to restrictions in Santa Clara County.
San Jose state officials are scheduled to meet with county officials on Sunday to get more details and then formulate a plan.
“We have been in a fluid situation with our football and basketball teams since their seasons are underway,” said athletic director Marie Tuite. “We will be making decisions on team practices and when and where our competitions will take place in collaboration with the university administration and Mountain West.”
The second-runner-up Stanford women’s basketball team will not play their scheduled home game against San Diego on Monday. The team is looking for a place to train.
The NHL hasn’t announced a start date for training camp, but the Sharks have said they will look at other venues if necessary. Several Sharks players organized informal practices at the team’s premises in small groups.
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