A deluge of news is coming
Rookies began reporting to team facilities on July 21. Quarterbacks and injured players were allowed to report on July 23. All other veterans have a mandatory reporting date of July 28.
Without a full offseason of formal training activities and minicamps, local beat writers were unable to interview players. Empty lockers rooms prevented reports and observations on whether injured and rehabbing players were making progress or participating in workouts. Teams were largely unable to examine their own players. In many cases, the intake physicals to occur this week will be the first time medical personnel will be able to assess player condition since last winter.
Although media will remain limited during training camp, it's likely we'll see four months of reporting condensed into the next 2-3 weeks. Brace yourself for the flood of injury and COVID testing news to come.
COVID planning updates
After much negotiation, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a number of COVID protocols and strategies over the past week.
Initial Testing Protocol (July 28-31)
All players will report for coronavirus testing in the coming days.
Day 1: First coronavirus test
Day 2: Second coronavirus test
Day 3: Home quarantine with virtual meetings
Day 4: Third coronavirus test
If all three tests are negative, a player will be cleared to enter the team facility. Intake physical exams will be performed on Day 5 and 6 (August 1-2). Players who pass a physical can then begin the strength and conditioning phase of training camp.
Players will continue to be tested daily for two weeks. If a team has fewer than 5% of its players and personnel test positive – a very high threshold – testing frequency will become every other day during the preseason.
Training Camp Protocols (August 3 - September 6)
Any player who has two negative coronavirus tests and passes a physical exam is cleared to begin the strength and conditioning phases of training camp.
August 3-11: Strength and conditioning with limited walkthrough periods
August 12-16: Beginning of practice with helmets and shells
August 17 - September 6: Padded practices
Players will have frequent off days during this period with a maximum of 14 padded practices allowed.
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