NFL rookies are scheduled to report for training on July 21, 2020. Injured players and quarterbacks will report for coaching on July 23. The rest of the squad will link up with their trainers on July 28.
League officials and NFLPA members are embroiled in talks surrounding player safety and health concerns amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
NFL insider Tom Pelissero revealed that players are still hesitant about making a return to training facilities. The same source also spoke about how certain GMs don’t want their players to return due to the pandemic.
A host of NFL stars posted messages with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay on their respective Twitter handles. There were various messages being propagated by some of the biggest names in the League. The likes of Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, and others expressed their views on the issue.
JJ Watt’s tweet is particularly informative with regard to issues being faced by players. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the protocol regarding player testing and other health-related concerns. There are also reports that players will be fined if they do not report for training on time. The first match of the 2020 season is scheduled to be played on the significant date of 9/11. Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Houston Texans in a classic Thursday Night Football encounter, provided things go as planned.
NFLPA members were assertive that they did not want preseason to take place this year. They wanted players to get some extra time in training and build team camaraderie. There is no official confirmation regarding the same. Both the concerned parties will meet once again on Monday night – watch this space for more!