95 NFL players have tested positive for coronavirus since the league began administering tests over the past 4 months. but that number is expected to grow by the hundreds with increased testing, NFL sources tell TMZ Sports.
The league's proposal to the players also includes an offer for a longer training camp acclimation period, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano, which is closer to what the union has proposed.
There's still a lot of work to be done before the NFL is ready to open training camp next week, although one of the major remaining dominoes has fallen now that the league and NFLPA have come to an accord on COVID-19 testing.
Players will receive their first COVID-19 test on the day they report to camp; they will need to produce two negative tests before being allowed inside their team facility.
Rookies for the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs began arriving at camp on Monday. Dolphins rookies are scheduled to report Thursday, and the entire team should be in Davie by the end of the month.
Based on that timeline and a July 28 start date, players wouldn't even touch a football until August 18, wouldn't put on their pads until August 28, and would have about two weeks of full contact before the regular season begins on September 13.
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Pelissero also reported Monday that talks between the National Football League and the players' union, the NFLPA, are ongoing.
The medical protocols being in place has allowed San Francisco to give players their report dates for training camp.
A positive test will bar an asymptomatic player from team facilities for at least 10 days, unless he tests negatively twice in a row within the next five days. He added that "if players do not show up on time, they can be fined or considered in breach of contract".
The salary cap, of course, is directly tied to league revenue, and the players union projects each club could see a $70 million drop in their cap allotment for 2021. Watt and other players want more clarification on the details of the opt-out procedure for players who don't feel safe participating because of health and safety concerns for themselves or their families. He was the team's top pass catcher the past two seasons while his blocking is fundamental to the success of coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone running scheme.
But if that one preseason game does happen, it'd be Week 3 of the preseason, reportedly. If the player has a positive test and symptoms, he can return after at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared, and a minimum of 72 hours since his last symptoms.