National Football League offers players to scrap all preseason games
Jul 22 2020
In recent days, there has been a suddenly strong push for improved health and safety protocols from players, buoyed by three-time Defensive Player of the Year and Houston Texans star defensive end, JJ Watt. 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.
The NFLPA still has to approve this proposal, so things are far from finalized, but this situation has to give the Lions some pause.
NFL players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp per the leagues new testing protocols.
Seattle's rookies were scheduled to report Tuesday, as were 29 other teams around the league.
Another point of contention between the National Football League and NFLPA was the preseason. As a result the two sides have agreed on daily testing for the first two weeks of training camp.
The two biggest points of contention right now between the NFL Players Association and the NFL are preseason games and Covid-19 testing procedures.
Players have been insistent on daily testing, as the number of COVID-19 deaths has spiked to over 143,000 nationally with 3.83 million confirmed cases. Testing will be every other day if positivity rates fall below 5%.
"The NFL continues to ignore major health and safety concerns putting the 2020 season in jeopardy", Jones wrote Sunday. Metcalf would not be able to enter the team facility and get his annual pre-camp physical until August 1, and only after a second positive COVID-19 test.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and President JC Tretter addressed the union's concerns in a 90-minute videoconference call with reporters on Friday.
Bills guard Jon Feliciano started voicing his concerns last Thursday when he responded to a tweet from Pelissero laying out the consequences for players who do not report on time. Though unlike those leagues, the NFL will not be confined in a centralized bubble with all teams in one location.
BioReference will set up testing sites at all 32 team facilities, will manufacture all of the tests, and handle all the collecting and testing procedures.
Sills also said the league plans to use tracking devices to conduct contact tracing as part of its measures to attempt to limit spread of the virus within team facilities.
The NFL has sought input from other leagues that have already returned to action, including leagues outside the country. Those two games would have given each team one home game to test out their COVID-19 protocols. A player who is positive and shows symptoms has to sit out at least 10 days, but may only have to miss one game.