National Football League prepared to cancel pre-season games to expand training camps

National Football League prepared to cancel pre-season games to expand training camps

National Football League prepared to cancel pre-season games to expand training camps

The league's proposal to the players also includes an offer for a longer training camp acclimation period, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano, which is closer to what the union has proposed.

The original plan had been to test every other day, but many prominent players took to social media over the weekend to question the league's protocols.

The biggest takeaway: All players will be tested daily for the first two weeks of training camp, and health professionals will only pull back on the frequency if the positivity rate drops below 5 percent.

While rookies were expected to report on Tuesday, July 21, they will now report two days later on Thursday, July 23, the same date quarterbacks and injured players are expected to arrive, according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.

The players' union - including Broncos kicker Brandon McManus - lobbied for no preseason games so players would have more time to get back in shape before the start of the regular season. The NFL has countered with a plan to play just the third week - which would send Detroit to Miami, a coronavirus hot spot - although no agreement has been reached. "There's no finish line with health and safety, and I think these protocol are living, breathing documents, which means they will change as we get new information".

Below is the proposed training camp schedule reported by Rapoport. The first time Dolphins rookies who are COVID-negative can enter the team facility is next Monday.

Wilson, who is married to singer Ciara, cited his wife's pregnancy as his reason for wanting clarity in how the league will handle the safety of players and their families.

Players will undergo a second round of testing a few days after the first one.

The NFLPA saw these developments as a win for player safety. "We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones".

"So it now appears likely the National Football League will have either on preseason game or none in 2020". He was the team's top pass catcher the past two seasons while his blocking is fundamental to the success of coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone running scheme. Symptomatic players must be sidelined at least 10 days from when they first experienced symptoms, and at least 72 hours since last experiencing symptoms. "Therefore, veteran players who report in July would get a physical no sooner than August 1". The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005.

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