"I think the reality is, the clock's ticking on everybody," Brady told reporters Thursday. "We're going to have to work as hard as we can, to not waste any minutes of any day trying to get used to one another, to embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become."
Brady's comments underscore how one can't assume the NFL can continue with business as usual.
Every Power Five conference in college football has reduced its schedule amid the pandemic, and players from both the NFL and NCAA ranks have opted out of the upcoming campaign altogether.
The MLB season, meanwhile, is a possible harbinger for the NFL, given that both leagues are staging games in home cities rather than one or two central locations, like the NBA, NWSL, MLS and NHL have adopted.
Two MLB teams have already experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, and league officials have already had to postpone numerous games in a regular season that's only two weeks old.
NFL rosters are larger than those in MLB, and there's far more person-to-person contact during a game. As a result, it's fair to wonder whether the NFL can avoid a similar outcome even if its officials work to avoid the mistakes their MLB peers have made.
As Brady said, time might not be a luxury afforded to football players this fall.