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NFL may allow limited groups of players back at facilities soon, per report

Joe Burrow needs to be in the first group the Bengals bring back if this comes to pass.

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It’s looking more and more like the NFL will begin allowing players back to team facilities long before training camp begins.

According to ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, the NFL is discussing a plan that would allow groups of around 10-15 players to enter team facilities as soon as next week.

My guess is the majority of players who would be brought in that first group would be unsigned rookies and new free agent additions that haven’t taken a physical with their new teams yet due to the COVID-19 outbreak shutting down NFL teams.

Last week, the NFL began allowing coaches back into team facilities. But with players, the initial belief was they wouldn’t be allowed into the facilities until closer to training camp.

For the Bengals, they have yet to sign any of their rookies, while they have several big free agent additions who have yet to take their team physicals. Ideally, they won’t have to wait until training camp to check out their new NFL home while also working out with their new teammates.