The majority of NFL teams are set to report to their respective training camps in just about a week, while other teams — like the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans — are scheduled to open their camps today.
Prominent players from around the league took to social media on Sunday to voice their concerns about starting the season with coronavirus cases still surging in certain parts of the country. There doesn’t seem to be clarification on several key questions.
“If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple,” Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde said.
The two biggest points of contention right now between the NFL Players Association and the NFL are preseason games and Covid-19 testing procedures. The players want to eliminate the preseason and the league wants to have two games so that clubs can test coronavirus protocols.
“To engage in two games where players would be flying all over the country and then engaging with each other to work, and to do that prior to the season, doesn’t increase the likelihood of starting and finishing the season on time,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on a Friday conference call.