The NFL Physicians Society is discontinuing physicals for players amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter to the league and its players' association.

The decision will likely affect free agents who are awaiting physicals to officially sign contracts with new teams, as well as draft prospects whose health issues need to be rechecked by teams after last month's combine.

"We believe it is not in the interest of the players nor team medical staff to continue to perform these physicals," NFLPS president Dr. Anthony Casolaro wrote.

The NFL has not clarified yet whether teams still can arrange for a player to undergo a physical in the geographic region near his home.