Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all 32 NFL teams are now required to put together an infectious disease emergency response plan, then submit it to the NFL and NFLPA for review.
According to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler, the Bengals’ IDER plan has been approved.
The NFLPA has approved the infectious Disease Emergency Responses (IDER) of 12 teams as of today, per source: Chiefs, Texans, Dolphins, Ravens, Panthers, Bills, Lions, Bengals, Giants, Jaguars, Steelers, Broncos— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 25, 2020
Adding to this, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, has approved all 32 IDER plans.
Each team has been tasked with forming their own individual plan for health and safety guidelines as it pertains to COVID-19, so it’s good to see the Bengals are set there as training camp begins this week.
As of Monday, only one Bengal has been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list in rookie defensive end Kendall Futrell. There will almost certainly be more Bengals placed on the list this week as the majority of the 80-man roster reports for camp. It’s been mostly rookies and injured players who’ve reported to Cincinnati so far.
The NFLPA website provides updates for players during the ongoing pandemic. That information can be found here.