SportsPulse: The NFLPA has little doubts players will test positive for COVID-19 during the season. Quarantining assumed, what happen’s next for the actual teams is still up in the air says Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to USA TODAY’s Mackenzie Salmon.
The NFL Players Association revealed on its website that 72 players in the league have already tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10. None were named specifically, nor was it apparent how many players in a league with nearly 3,000 of them have been screened at this point.
Rams center Brian Allen, Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott are among those who have publicly discussed their bouts with the novel coronavirus.
It could be the latest obstacle for the NFL given training camps are scheduled to open later this month. Rookies for the Houston Texans and reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs — those teams are scheduled to meet in the regular-season opener Sept. 10 — are theoretically eligible to report this weekend under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.
However the NFL’s entire offseason, including the draft and all team activities, was conducted virtually. The league and players union still have widespread issues to resolve, including opt-out clauses for players and numerous workplace protocols as well as COVID-19 testing procedures, before football resumes in any form or fashion.
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