Now, they're speaking out on Twitter about the National Football League failing to develop a plan to play the 2020 National Football League season safely, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rusell Wilson who cites his wife, Ciara, being pregnant on why he's concerned.
Russell Wilson tweeted about how his wife, Ciara, is pregnant and that there is still no clear plan on the health and safety of players. One sticking point is how many preseason games will be played ahead of the start of the regular season.
Other unresolved issues include testing frequency, an opt-out clause for players (or family members) who are at a higher risk, and the threat of fines for players who do not show up on time.
For players sitting at home with no answers and families who could be at risk if they contract COVID-19, there's an intense desire for answers. As such, several players asked the NFLPA how they could assist and what their message should be. The league shortened that period so it could hold preseason games.
The Vikings, meanwhile, joined all other teams by communicating their plans for training camp to begin this week.
Pac-12 joins Big Ten in eliminating nonconference games
How long it takes for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference to join them remains to be seen. BYU, another school that doesn't play in a conference, had three Pac-12 opponents on its schedule.
With the season rapidly approaching, the league must find a way to come to an agreement with the players' association, otherwise we could be heading for a major dispute. We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.
Of course, anyone who has been following the NFL all offseason knows that medical experts from the NFL and NFLPA have been working since March to create the league's COVID-19 protocols. According to a person familiar with the situation, all 32 teams' Infectious Disease Emergency Response plans have been approved by Allen Sills, the league's chief medical officer, and joint infectious-disease experts.
Watt also explained that the players don't have a say in whether they have to report. For most teams, that means rookies are set to report Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players Thursday and remaining veterans July 28.
The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players' union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing.