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NFL extends daily COVID-19 testing and lifts ban on free agent tryouts

The tryout ban being lifted should lead to more free agent activity.

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NFL training camps look a lot different right now due to the coronavirus. One notable change that has been in effect for much of camp thus far is a ban on player tryouts.

Thankfully, the league lifted its tryout on Tuesday, meaning free agents can now work out for all 32 NFL teams.

That may explain why it wasn’t until Tuesday night when the Bengals finally signed free agent Mike Daniels, who the team hosted for a visit on Sunday.

Defensive tackle is still a pretty thin position for the Bengals now that Tyler Clark has been waived while Renell Wren remains on the NFI list, so don’t be surprised if another interior lineman is signed eventually. If nothing else, the Bengals can kick the tires on more guys now that the tryout ban is lifted.

And with the pectoral injury to Trae Waynes, which could sideline him two months, perhaps we’ll see the Bengals work out some defensive backs in the coming days.

Another notable move the NFL has made is expanding daily coronavirus testing to September 5th, according to the NFLPA.

The expectation is that daily testing will eventually go away in favor of testing every 2-3 days instead. Either way, the testing has helped the NFL keep from having breakouts of the virus within any of its 32 teams, including the Bengals.

We’re still almost a full month away from the regular season beginning, but thus far, the coronavirus hasn’t threatened to delay the season thanks in part to the testing protocols. Here’s to hoping that remains the case for the entire season.