Drew Brees, Saints leadership call out NFL's COVID-19 response


Several members of the Green Bay Packers, including Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams and All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, joined a growing group of high-profile players pleading with the NFL for increased safety measures as the league navigates through the coronavirus pandemic while attempting to open training camps on time.

At around noon Eastern Time on Sunday, star players including Drew Brees, J.J. Watt, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson all posted similar messages with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. They are to play a limited number of games during the 2020 season. There is no agreement on an opt-out clause for those who are at higher risk or whose family is at higher risk (such as Rodney Hudson's wife). The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, who are scheduled to meet in the Thursday night season-opening game on September 10, have their rookies reporting on Monday. They are the players who feel like they have the shakiest footing when it comes to speaking out. The voting panel consisted of more than 50 players, coaches, executives, and scouts across the league. Training camp is set to begin for the entire league July 28.

Players also wanted a 45-day acclimation period to help avoid injuries.

It's reached a point where at least one National Basketball Association player - Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. - is thankful he doesn't play football.

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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. NFLPA president JC Tretter said on a conference call Friday that the plan was the recommendation of jointly appointed medical experts, and the union is clearly annoyed that the league hasn't agreed to adopt it.

As of now, players still don't know how long camp will be, how many preseason games will be played or what protocols will need to be followed when they do report to camp.

"We thought it was important, along with the PA, to have a uniform standard across all 32 clubs, making sure that everyone was getting tested by the same methodology and the same exact protocols", National Football League chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told me earlier this summer.