Report: NFLPA worried about opening camps in “hot spot” cities

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Training camps are scheduled to open in two weeks, but there’s plenty of uncertainty about the ability to safely do so.

Specifically, the NFLPA has concerns about opening in places where COVID-19 infection rates are highest.

Via to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, a union source made the reservations clear.

“We have one question that encapsulates it all: Does it make sense for the NFL to open up training camps in ‘hot spot’ cities right now?” the source said Tuesday.

The league is still considering contingencies (and is still working on reaching agreements with the NFLPA regarding health and safety and economics), but so far, the league has maintained that plans are to conduct a full schedule beginning on Sept. 10.

There was a report that the Dolphins have told players that “everything is up in the air,” and teams in areas hardest hit at the moment have to have the same concerns.

“We all want to play,” a high-ranking team official told Maske. “We all want to make this work. But there are some big issues in some places of the country. That can’t be ignored.”

With three teams in California, and that state just issuing new restrictions, the concern seems apparent. Coupled with high numbers in places including Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana, and record numbers in recent days in Florida, and a significant portion of the league is playing in places where players should have doubts.

Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith said last week that training camp “does not seem like a risk worth taking,” and he does not appear to be the only one.

20 responses to “Report: NFLPA worried about opening camps in “hot spot” cities

  1. Seriously? You’re Just NOW worried about this? Welcome to the Pandemic 2020! Come on, NFL.

  2. stainlesssteel says:
    July 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Seriously? You’re Just NOW worried about this? Welcome to the Pandemic 2020! Come on, NFL.
    ____________________
    It’s NFLPA.
    You know, the ones that want the season off with pay.

  3. There’s more writing on the wall than in a bathroom stall at Arby’s re: not having a season.

  4. Then forfeit your money and don’t play it’s that simple, I hope they call the season and this chokes out the NFL for good!

  5. stainlesssteel says:
    July 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Seriously? You’re Just NOW worried about this? Welcome to the Pandemic 2020! Come on, NFL.
    ____________________
    It’s NFLPA.
    You know, the ones that want the season off with pay.
    _____________________

    It’s the NFLPA, you know, the ones who are putting themselves at risk

  6. Have a great time in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix. Because everybody wants to be in those cities right now. Just wake up Roger and shut it down. This could really turn out to make the NFL look very foolish. What? You think the players are going to live like quarantined caged animals for 5 months without making each other insane? If a player tests positive for COVID-19 doesn’t that mean the whole team would have to go into self quarantine for 14 days or is the NFL going to just take that player out and risk his teammates infecting other NFL teams? What if it happens right before games at the end of the season while the playoffs are still be decided? The NFL is just not thinking this through at all.

  7. stainlesssteel says:
    July 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Seriously? You’re Just NOW worried about this? Welcome to the Pandemic 2020! Come on, NFL.
    ____________________
    It’s NFLPA.
    You know, the ones that want the season off with pay.
    _____________________

    It’s the NFLPA, you know, the ones who are putting themselves at risk

    It’s not like they have to play at all they chose their profession. Now go to work or forfeit your pay and stay home it’s that simple. Don’t even act like they are more at risk than anybody else going to work and serving coffee or food.

  8. “ With three teams in California, and that state just issuing new restrictions, the concern seems apparent.”

    Exactly! How are they gonna play football with dine-in restaurants and movie theaters closed? IT DOESN’T WORK!

  9. wearewhowethoughtwewere says:
    It’s the NFLPA, you know, the ones who are putting themselves at risk
    ==

    Oh, please. Naiveté is not a good look on anyone.
    NFL players have been seen and reported in great numbers these past four months frequenting clubs, working out together, assembling at all manner of social gatherings, and generally thumbing their noses at any and all social distancing guidelines.
    Now it’s time to go to work they’re suddenly worried about putting themselves at risk? Is that why they turn down every single proposal or suggestion, even the ones that might help keep them safer (face shields are one of many examples)?
    I feel for any player that’s been responsible all along and is worried about the health and safety of himself and his family. But many in the NFLPA membership are entitled hypocrites who want nothing more than to get paid for as little work as possible.

  10. dregonspengler says:
    July 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    wearewhowethoughtwewere says:
    It’s the NFLPA, you know, the ones who are putting themselves at risk
    ==

    Oh, please. Naiveté is not a good look on anyone.
    NFL players have been seen and reported in great numbers these past four months frequenting clubs, working out together, assembling at all manner of social gatherings, and generally thumbing their noses at any and all social distancing guidelines.
    Now it’s time to go to work they’re suddenly worried about putting themselves at risk? Is that why they turn down every single proposal or suggestion, even the ones that might help keep them safer (face shields are one of many examples)?

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    Pretty sure you’re judging a ton of people based on the actions of a few. For every moron that’s flagrantly violated stay-at-home orders to practice with others or been busted partying or out at bars, there are probably 10-20 guys doing what they should.

  11. mmmpierogi says:
    Pretty sure you’re judging a ton of people based on the actions of a few.

    Pretty sure I’m not.
    I agree with you that there are more who have done it right than have done it wrong. But if you ignore all the photos and film of guys at various events and just count the ones who post videos and photos of workouts together in groups it constitutes a whole lot more than just “a few.”

  12. The owners will throw every safety idea at the players who will continue to cry and refuse to play. The owners will then pull the plug on the season and refuse to pay the players due to their refusal and they will also can the cba. Lawyers will make money, the true winners. Players will lose like usual. Owners stay rich, the real loser the workers.

  13. touchback6 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 5:16 pm
    Bye bye Chiefs dynasty.

    no season
    ———————————

    The Chiefs are champs until someone else wins a Super Bowl. Which is when?
    Could be the easiest “dynasty” in league history.

  14. So it was reported today that Air Conditioning (HVAC) was a major spreader of the virus… Hence; Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, etc. Enclosed buildings are not a good thing. This Fall, it will become heaters circulating warm air in enclosed buildings that magnify the aerosol affect of the virus.

    Thus the key will be to “Adapt” and keep as much activity out doors as possible…

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