The NFL has spent the pandemic proceeding as if football will kick off as normal this fall.

But despite the three-day virtual draft, despite the mega-hyped, fixed-date schedule release, despite all the public-facing optimism, the truth is the NFL may be putting the cart in front of the horse.

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That’s the conclusion of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes for Health and the leading authoritative voice on COVID-19 in America.

Speaking to NBC’s Peter King this weekend, Fauci did not mince words: If the country is at the point in September where we are right now, there will be no season.

Flip the Page to see his statement: