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NFL players collectively call out NFL for lack of COVID-19 plan

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All NFL players are mandated to report for training camp by July 28th.

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As NFL training camp closes in on a week from beginning, uncertainty remains rampant among the players community.

The NFL and NFLPA continue to be at odds with one another over protocols pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the NFLPA wants to stick with guidelines recommended by the Joint Committee of medical professionals formed by both entities, the NFL is planning on going forward with more accelerated plans.

On Sunday at 12:00 P.M. EST, several star NFL players took part in a coordinated social media response to the situation. Players such as Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt and Patrick Mahomes helped carry a unified message for the NFL to enact policies that work under the guidelines the committee deemed appropriate.

As Watt mentioned, the players have little leverage in terms of showing up for training camp whether or not the NFLPA comes to an agreement with the NFL. Players can still be fined if they don’t report on time.

As of Sunday afternoon, Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) plans have been submitted by all 32 teams and are awaiting approval by the union.

The NFLPA wants the preseason to be cancelled altogether and for the recommended 21-day acclimation period to be put into place. The NFL still wants two preseason games and a shorter acclimation period (14 days).

As with most things, a compromise has a greater chance to be achieved as the deadline becomes closer. July 28th is when all players are required to report for training camp, and that can be considered an unofficial deadline before we begin to see a real fallout between players and the league.