For a while. Apparently, not until deep into August. They have created a number of protocols related to testing and tracing, social distancing at team facilities, treatment response, travel, game day protocols, and more. Then they have a three-day self-quarantine period at their home, if they live in the area of his team's headquarters, or in a nearby hotel. And there's still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. Preseason games - the National Football League wants to hold at least two games, while the NFLPA wants none.
Also possibly waiting: Seahawks rookies.
As for the rest of the players, they will still report as originally planned on Tuesday, July 28th.
The league and the players, though, did make some significant headway Monday. It could be Thursday.
According to multiple reports, the league and players association on Monday agreed to protocols that includes daily testing for the first two weeks of training camp. That is according to the league-owned nfl.com.
Everything an initially tested player does after his initial COVID-19 screening at camp is going to be on hold, for four days. And three, numerous younger players need preseason games in order to impress coaches and win their jobs.
Let's use the case of DK Metcalf.
Still, agreement on testing should allow for players to report to camp on time. Extra tests are available to each team at a rate of $125 per test. At that point, test frequency could change depending on whether there are fewer positive tests among teams.
There exists a contingent of low-level players that wants, at minimum, one preseason game. Players did not have an offseason training program, nor organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp practices on the field, as they do every other April through June.
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The league and players are still negotiating whether to incorporate all or some of the recommendations for training camps from the joint committee.
San Francisco's Deebo Samuel performs a drill at the team's training camp. It also calls for 10 days of non-padded practices following the 21 days of strength and conditioning.
That leaves 13 days between the first full-pads practice and the Seahawks' first scheduled game, September 13 at Atlanta.
In other words - and it probably hardly needs to be stated - this will not be the usual opening to training camp even when it does open. The players want to eliminate the preseason and the league wants to have two games so that clubs can test coronavirus protocols.
The NFL will foot the bill for the testing, as Pro Football Talk reports; BioReference Laboratories and the NFL have a general deal for 120 tests per day, with a flat fee divided by the 32 teams.
Wilson and Geno Smith are in a slightly different situation than Metcalf.
The players want testing every day while the league reportedly believes that every other day testing is a better approach.
The NFLPA has not yet informed the league whether it will accept the proposal. "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.)".
Plus players will need to test positive twice over a 72-hour period before being allowed into team headquarters.