National Football League offers players to scrap all preseason games

National Football League offers players to scrap all preseason games

The league and the players union have agreed on a COVID-19 testing protocol, clearing a major hurdle as the NFL hopes to to have all 32 teams open training camp in the coming days.

The players had been pushing not to play preseason games this year, while the league had most recently been seeking to play two games instead of the usual four.

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. Rookies were set to report July 21, though at least one team - the Green Bay Packers - pushed that date back. That's in part to try to mitigate for injuries since players have done no on-field work since the end of last season, with offseason programs having all been done virtually. 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.

"We thought it was important, along with the PA, to have a uniform standard across all 32 clubs, making sure that everyone was getting tested by the same methodology and the same exact protocols", National Football League chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told me earlier this summer.

Players will get tested on the day they report to training camp.

We're told the number does not reflect the number of players who now have COVID.

The NFLPA saw these developments as a win for player safety. Notably, according to the proposal, teams and players can not renegotiate a contract with a player once they formalize their intent to opt out. The games originally scheduled for Week 3 would be played under the league's proposal. "We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones". 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. If there is a positive test with no symptoms, that player may return to the facility 10 days after the initial test - or if he produces two consecutive negative tests within five days of the initial positive test.

The San Francisco 49ers have informed players to expect training camp to start later than the scheduled July 28 date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee.Update: Biderman has informed me that the story mistakenly published by the Sacramento Bee was an early draft. A player who is positive and shows symptoms has to sit out at least 10 days, but may only have to miss one game. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005.

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