Players are tentatively scheduled to begin reporting to training camps this week. Under the current schedule, all players will be in camp by a week from Tuesday.
Numerous high profile NFL players have tweeted today expressing concerns over the league’s safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This appears to be a coordinated effort among players.
The players are using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
It blows my mind that the NFL is unwilling to follow the recommendations of their own experts regarding player health and safety. If we want to have a FULL season this year we need the NFL to listen to their experts! #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/q55RpqRzPu— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) July 19, 2020
I am concerned.— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety.
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
If #AdamSilver can respect the voices and protect his @NBA players why can’t @NFLcommish do the same? Listen to your players. If we want to have a full season it will have to look different with OUR safety as the priority. @NFL make the necessary changes. #WeWantToPlay— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 19, 2020
Being a champion made me realize how important team is & also how important our families are to our team success. It’s a family game. #WeWantToPlay so let’s find a way to protect us players & our families.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 19, 2020
It’s a shame that the @nfl doesn’t care about doing their part to keep players healthy and safe. They need to make sure football can come back the right way. We have to look out for ourselves as well as our families. #WeWantToPlay— AD_99 (@AaronDonald97) July 19, 2020
The NFL has ignored the safety recommendations from the experts that THEY hired. We all love this game and want to go out and compete with our brothers. The NFL needs to provide a safe work environment for us to do that. #WeWantToPlay— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 19, 2020
Since we do have more than a week until all players are scheduled to be at camp, there is time for the players and the league to work out the protocols.
For now I share the opinion of The Ringer’s Kevin Clark.
At the beginning of lockdown, the NFL was the only pro league with the luxury of time and they wasted it.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) July 19, 2020