The Miami Dolphins have reportedly told their rookies not to report on Tuesday as originally planned, and further delays are a concern.
According to Barry Jackson and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, on Saturday the Dolphins told their rookies to push back their reporting day from Tuesday until Thursday.
NFL informed teams training camps will open on time
This news comes on the heels of an NFL announcement Saturday to confirm that training camps will open on time as previously scheduled.
On this schedule, rookies will be reporting on July 21, quarterbacks and injured players on July 23, and all other players on July 28. Obviously, the Dolphins have decided to at the least push this timeline a bit.
Dolphins concerned about delaying training camp amid coronavirus spike in Florida
Meanwhile, as the Dolphins push back their rookie reporting date, the team has been concerned that it may need to delay camp altogether.
According to Beasley recently, the Dolphins have told players that “everything is up in the air,” and that they “could see things getting pushed back.”
The reason this is a concern is that Florida is currently one of the world’s COVID-19 epicenters. Some Florida counties have had to impose curfews recently as the state continues to see massive spikes in positive cases.
On Saturday, per Naples Daily News, Florida announced “10,328 new cases – the sixth time in seven days Florida counted more than 10,000 new infections.”
NFL team doctors have said it is safe to open training camp in hot spots like Florida, however. So it appears that, despite the delay in rookies reporting this week, the Dolphins will likely give it a go.