There’s now apparently a mad scramble within the NFL league office to make sure that training camps get going late next week.
The Kansas City Chiefs sent out orders for rookies and quarterbacks to report to camp Monday for COVID-19 testing. This comes on the heels of major push back from players surrounding the lack of a real virus protocol from the league.
Now comes this note from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. It’s the most definitive thing we’ve heard from teams thus far.
NFL general managers do not believe training camp will start on time
This always seemed to be the likeliest end result. Pushing back the start of training camp to make sure all protocols are in place is the best idea. The alternative could potentially be teams having to stop camp mid-stream due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
It also wouldn’t be the end of the world if Week 1 of the regular season is pushed back some. At this point, fans are unlikely to be in attendance in the first place. The logistics of delaying the start of the season wouldn’t be too much to overcome.
Star players speak out against NFL over lack of COVID-19 protocols
As noted above, the biggest issue here is a lack of answers from the league office. Houston Texans star J.J. Watt detailed that in a big way with a social media post earlier on Thursday.
We’ve seen some major hiccups with the testing protocols for Major League Baseball as it prepares to start the 2020 season next week. The NFL is not going to want to see the same issues during training camp or once the season gets going.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this over the next few days. NFL owners are set to hold a virtual meeting on Friday. We should get some more clarity then.