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Plenty of outstanding NFL gamers took to social media to boost issues concerning the league’s coronavirus security protocols as groups put together to open for coaching camps within the coming days.
The NFL and the participant’s union are nonetheless negotiating the small print of the league’s protocols to forestall the unfold of the virus.
Players used the hashtag #WeNeedToPlay in a coordinated social media blitz Sunday. It included marquee names resembling Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Houston Texans defensive finish J.J. Watt and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
“Getting ready to report this week hoping the @NFL will come to agreement with the safe and right protocols so we can feel protected playing the sport we love,” Mahomes tweeted.
Wilson, who’s married to singer Ciara, cited his spouse’s being pregnant as his cause for wanting readability in how the league will deal with the security of gamers and their households.
“I am concerned,” Wilson wrote on Twitter.
“My wife is pregnant. @NFL Training camp is about to start.. And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.”
My spouse is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to begin..
And there’s nonetheless No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. 🤷🏾
We need to play soccer however we additionally need to shield our family members. #WeWantToPlay
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
Watt tweeted an inventory of points he stated are nonetheless unclear concerning the testing of gamers.
“We still do not know if there will be daily testing, every other day testing, etc,” Watt wrote. “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.).”
Watt additionally identified that the NFL can mandate gamers report back to coaching camp no matter whether or not gamers’ questions or issues are answered. He added that “if players do not show up on time, they can be fined or considered in breach of contract.”
Rookies for the Texans and the Chiefs are slated to report to training camp on Monday. These two groups are scheduled to kick off the NFL season with a match-up on Sept. 10.
The NFL has stated repeatedly that its purpose is to play a full season starting within the fall.
Once once more within the curiosity of maintaining everybody (gamers & followers) as knowledgeable as doable, right here is an up to date checklist of what we as gamers know and don’t know as the primary group will get set to report back to coaching camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
The gamers voiced their issues on social media shortly after the NFL introduced that groups would maintain full coaching camps, with veterans attributable to report on July 28, according to NFL.com.
According to an inside memo, rookies for different groups are scheduled to report Tuesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Quarterback and gamers who’re injured are scheduled to report back to coaching camp on Thursday.
Pelissero additionally reported Monday that talks between the NFL and the gamers’ union, the NFLPA, are ongoing. One sticking level is what number of preseason video games can be performed forward of the beginning of the common season.
“So it now appears likely the NFL will have either on preseason game or none in 2020. Focus continues to be on playing a regular full season and postseason,” he said on Twitter Monday.
So it now seems probably the NFL can have both one preseason sport or none in 2020. Focus continues to be on taking part in a full common season and postseason. #Chiefs rookies and QBs and #Texans rookies are the primary to report right this moment, as talks between the NFL and NFLPA proceed. https://t.co/bJc0r3aY4j
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2020
Players are lobbying to have a 45-day acclimation interval to assist forestall accidents, The Associated Press reported, because the league makes an attempt to begin its preseason routine. The wire service added that there are nonetheless unanswered questions on what protections is likely to be in place for gamers who need to choose out of the season due to coronavirus issues.