As the NFL announced that training camp will proceed as scheduled, there are still many unanswered questions players have about safety protocols and the upcoming season in general and the players are not happy about it.
Players from around the league tweeted in a coordinated social media campaign the hashtag #WeWantToPlay and voiced their concern and frustration regarding player safety ahead of training camp.
J.J. Watt, who has been among the more vocal NFL players about the safety concerns, tweeted a breakdown of what players know and don’t know as camp begins.
This list includes issues such as frequency of testing for COVID-19 (whether or not it will be daily, every other day, etc.), how a positive COVID-19 test will be handled with those who were in close contact with the person, whether or not there will be any preseason game and a fair opt-out close for those at higher risk or with family members of higher risk.
Players are also subjected to fines or breach of contract if they do not report to camp on time, even if health and safety protocols have not been agreed upon, or if Infectious Disease Emergency Response plans have been approved.
Patrick Mahomes, Malcolm Jenkins, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Drew Brees were just some of the many, many players who participated in the social media blitz, which was reminiscent of MLB’s “tell us when and where” statement when their negotiations turned sour.
Rookies for the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to begin reporting to camp on Monday while other teams will follow suit this week.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the NFL and NFLPA were continuing talks on Sunday with hopes a deal could be reached by the evening as the union could file a greiveance claiming an unsafe work environment.