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Report: Multiple NFL teams exploring out-of-state training camp sites amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jesse Reed
Lions head coach: Robert Saleh
Jul 27, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; (l to r) San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh smiles alongside head coach Kyle Shanahan as they watch players participates during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL looks to hopefully start its season on time this September, a number of teams are reportedly looking into training camp options.

NFL teams looking at out-of-state training camp sites

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, “a number of teams are already deep into exploring out-of-state training camp sites, in anticipation that their states’ restrictions will make staging camp at home in late July and early August impossible.”

Breer mentioned the “10 teams in the Northeast corridor and on the West Coast need to get ahead of this now.”

The NFL expects training camps to start on time this July. However, as Breer noted, places like Seattle, Boston and states such as “New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and California are a ways off from loosening the reins to the degree needed to hold an NFL camp.”

“Counting 90 players, the coaching staff, scouts, doctors, trainers, strength staff, cafeteria staff, etc., if you cut away everything else, you may be able to run a camp with 150 people onsite. And the fact is, that’s a number that’s a still a ways off from being allowable in some corners of the country.”

With this in mind, it’s not surprising that teams are looking into alternative solutions for training camp locations.