NFL Gamers Affiliation president DeMaurice Smith is just not thrilled to proceed seeing gamers figuring out in teams regardless of a current suggestion from the NFLPA in opposition to such exercises.
“These practices are usually not in the very best curiosity of participant security,” Smith informed USA At present Sports activities in an editorial printed Saturday. “They’re not in the very best curiosity of defending our gamers heading into coaching camp. And I don’t suppose they’re in the very best curiosity of us getting by a complete season.”
On June 20, the NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, issued an announcement telling gamers to keep away from figuring out with one another to stop the unfold of COVID-19. Mayer’s memo was issued following constructive coronavirus checks from at the least 10 groups.
However, this week, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady shared photos of his workouts in Tampa with several teammates including TE Rob Gronkowski.
“For some of the players who’ve practiced,” Smith told USA Today, “we’ve made sure they’ve heard the message.”
Despite a recent surge in positive coronavirus tests in Florida, and in other parts of the country, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league plans to start training camp on time next month.
Training camp will open on July 28 and rookies and selected players will be allowed to show up earlier. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night time that the NFL and NFLPA have been reportedly negotiating what camp would appear like and the way the protocols can be dealt with amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday’s convention name, NFL medical director Allen Sills addressed these protocols.
“We’re establishing a really bold testing program. …Testing alone won’t be ample to maintain everybody wholesome,” Sills said.
The NFL’s preseason opener, the Corridor of Fame Sport, initially scheduled for Aug. 8, was canceled earlier this week.