NFLPA Asks Players To Not Workout Together Due To ‘Increase In COVID-19 Cases’
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NFL Players Association asked that “no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts” due to “the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states.”
On June 17, CNN reported that 10 states were seeing their highest average of daily new COVID-19 cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
NFLPA medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, issued an advisory statement to the league’s players on Saturday, June 20.
“To all players,” Mayer began his statement.
“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts. Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months,” the medical director continued. “We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”
NFL players test positive for COVID-19
The NFLPA’s statement was released shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed reports that some of the team’s players had tested positive for COVID-19.
Within the last week, members of the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and San Francisco 49ers rosters reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said that is the coronavirus pandemic has a second wave, “football may not happen” in 2020.
Fauci recently told CNN that football players would need to play “in a bubble” environment and be tested on a regular basis if football is going to be played this year.
“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”
In early June, coaching staffs were allowed to return to work at team facilities.
The NFL and NFLPA currently working to finalize protocols for players to return to team facilities for training camp in July.
The 2020 NFL season is currently scheduled to kick-off when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans on Thursday, September 10.
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