All the 32 teams of the NFL will start their training camps as scheduled earlier, with the exception of the veteran who is supposed to join on the 28th of July.
Troy Vincent who is the executive vice president of football operations of the NFL shot an email to all the 32 clubs of the NFL and their general managers along with their head coaches informing about this on Saturday.
The email, obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, read:
At [Friday’s] league meeting, the membership was advised that under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the reporting dates for training camp this year are as follows.
Rookies – July 21
Quarterbacks and injured players – July 23
All other players – July 28
The rookies of both the teams, the Houston Texas and the Kansas City Chiefs should join first the team before Monday. And as early as Tuesday all the other teams can have the rookies to join. The veterans will join on July 28.
In the meanwhile, there are talks held between the players of the NFL and the association to follow the proper guideline.
At the moment there are only 20 players that will be allowed in the team facility. This will continue until the NFLPA decides on the coronavirus safety protocol. Said Pelissero. However, as per the rules of the CBA, the clubs have the choice of setting the date to report.
Pelissero said that after the reports of the Memo that was released on Saturday by the NFL which was sent to the rookies, many of them started to book flights so that they could report on Tuesday. The teams believe that the players will start to arrive at the facilities later this week and they are going ahead with their plans.
Jeff Pash the executive vice president of the NFL said that there is a strong plan to restart the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic and it will start soon. It was scheduled to start on the 31st of March but due to the coronavirus pandemic had to be delayed which means that the teams had 4 months to prepare themselves.
Resuming the games is not just as important for the NFL but for other sports as well, said Dr. Allen Sills who is the chief medical officer of the NFL. He said that there are attempts to find a solution to mitigate the dangers and coexist in the midst of the virus.