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NFL training camp opens: What to expect as players rejoin their teams
Former New England Patriot doesn’t believe NFL season will start as planned
Former New England Patriot and college football player Jarvis Green provides insight into NFL players pushing back against league plans to play in the fall and the coronavirus safety measures that will be implemented.
The NFL is back.
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Well, sort of. Training camps are beginning to open in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.
The 2020 NFL season has already looked incredibly different from other years because of the virus: Teams conducted virtual workouts with prospects, the entire seven-round draft was conducted remotely, teams held virtual workouts and training camp was pushed back to late July.
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Players coming into training camp should expect to be tested a lot, according to NFL.com. Players have to pass three coronavirus tests before they can enter a team facility. On Tuesday and Wednesday, players will be tested and then return home to isolate for 24 hours. Before the fourth day, they will be required to take another test. Players need three negative tests in order to get their equipment and take their physicals on Aug. 1 and 2.
After that, players will be tested every day. If after the first two weeks the positive test rate is below 5 percent, the team can test every other day, according to NFL.com. Doctors reportedly expect the positive test rates to be high and the protocols to change throughout the course of the season.