All NFL players and coaches will be tested daily for COVID-19 for the first two weeks of training camp, after which tests could move to every other day depending on the rate of positive tests, according to an agreement on protocols reached Monday between the league and the NFL Players Association.
The league has wanted to play two preseason games.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans' rookies are scheduled to report to training camp to be tested Tuesday, a majority of the league's rookies will report Wednesday to their team's facility, and Giants rookies are scheduled to report to Quest Diagnostics Training Center Thursday. Rookies were set to report July 21, though at least one team - the Green Bay Packers - pushed that date back. It's not known how many positive tests would result in shutting down the football season.
That could mean a delay of only a day or two as the league and the NFLPA made some significant progress in talks Monday. "We still do not know how a positive Covid test will be handled in regards to others in close contact (in the huddle, directly engaged with, etc.)".
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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.
Below is the proposed training camp schedule reported by Rapoport. Players also must pass at least two consecutive tests before they are allowed in team buildings, which should help the league avoid some of the early problems that have plagued restarts in other professional sports leagues. Players did not have an offseason training program, nor organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp practices on the field, as they do every other April through June. That's a win for players, who wanted daily testing despite pushback from owners.
The salary cap, of course, is directly tied to league revenue, and the players union projects each club could see a $70 million drop in their cap allotment for 2021.
Players will undergo a second round of testing a few days after the first one. Watt and other players want more clarification on the details of the opt-out procedure for players who don't feel safe participating because of health and safety concerns for themselves or their families. These two teams are scheduled to kick off the National Football League season with a match-up on September 10. The NFL on Monday offered the union zero preseason games, per a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rest of the team is expected to report on July 28, meaning most of the team should be together at UCHealth Training Center on August 1.
The NFLPA unveiled initial test numbers last Thursday, where it announced 72 players tested positive for coronavirus. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005.