The NFL and the player's union are still negotiating the details of the league's protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Watt, a three-time National Football League defensive player of the year, also took to Twitter to highlight a list of issues that need to be addressed before camps open on Tuesday. We want to be a beacon of light during these tough times.
Upon arriving at the team facility for the first time, players and team employees will be required to test negative twice before being allowed in. You have to find creative ways to find places to get your work in, but I've basically just been preparing and working to put myself in the best possible position to be in shape and have success this year. We don't know yet, but players are obviously getting anxious about getting a plan together because some of the superstars of the sport are starting to chatter about it on social media.
Other outstanding issues include number of preseason games.
I want the National Football League to come back. They don't know how teams will handle a positive COVID-19 test. As such, several players asked the NFLPA how they could assist and what their message should be. "And we have discussed at length with our testing vendor to make sure we're not having a negative impact on their business". All players are scheduled to arrive at camp by Tuesday, July 28.
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Players also wanted a 45-day acclimation period to help avoid injuries. "The NFL needs to listen to our union and adopt the experts' recommendations". The players still can be fined for showing up late even if the Infectious Disease Emergency Response plans approved it.
Watt detailed similar issues in a tweet Thursday. Sills said Sunday that he and the league's infectious disease experts have reviewed all 32 team IDER plans.
Based on that timeline and a July 28 start date, players wouldn't even touch a football until August 18, wouldn't put on their pads until August 28, and would have about two weeks of full contact before the regular season begins on September 13.
On Friday, the league sent players and teams an Education Protocol for camp which requires clubs to distribute joint educational materials and to conduct educational sessions for players, staff and family members. But they aren't going into this alone.