The NFL and its gamers cleared one hurdle Monday on the best way towards opening coaching camps.
The league and the NFL Players Association agreed on day by day COVID-19 testing for the primary two weeks of coaching camp. After these two weeks, if the constructive check fee is beneath 5 p.c, testing can be diminished to each different day. If the check fee stays at 5 p.c or above, testing will proceed day by day. Testing would then solely be diminished if the check fee drops beneath 5 p.c and it could return to day by day testing if it rises to five p.c or increased.
“This is ongoing work,” Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, stated. “There’s no end line with well being and security, and I feel these protocols reside, respiratory paperwork, which suggests they are going to change as we get new data. They will undoubtedly be altering over time, which is what we often see in drugs.”
Players and group workers can be required to check detrimental twice earlier than being allowed into the group’s coaching heart for the primary time. The expectation is check outcomes will come again inside 24 hours. The NFL is utilizing Bio-Reference Laboratories to deal with the checks.
The settlement comes a day after a number of high-profile gamers used social media to precise their displeasure with the NFL’s method to participant well being in regard to coaching camp.
Rookies started reporting to coaching camp on Monday with the Texans and Chiefs the primary group to have rookies report. Other groups, together with the Jets, could have their rookies report Tuesday. Full groups are scheduled to report on July 28.
With the testing challenge resolved, there are nonetheless different objects the 2 sides should agree on, together with the variety of preseason video games and the way lengthy the acclimation interval can be when gamers report back to camp.