NFLPA: 21 players have tested positive for COVID-19 at camps

AP

Players reporting to training camp are being tested for COVID-19 several times before they are allowed to enter team facilities and Tuesday brought some information about how many of those tests have been positive thus far.

The NFLPA announced that there have been 21 positive tests in the testing conducted as part of the training camp reporting process. Rookies, injured players and quarterbacks were allowed to start reporting over the last week. Veterans from most teams began reporting to camp on Tuesday.

The union did not announce the total number of tests were done overall or whether there were any outstanding results from early tests. They did announce that a total of 107 players have tested positive over the course of the offseason.

Players who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed on a reserve list until they are no longer experiencing symptoms and/or receive multiple negative tests. Players exposed to an infected person will also go on that list and the league will not announce the reason for any player’s placement on the list.

44 responses to “NFLPA: 21 players have tested positive for COVID-19 at camps

  1. What sorts of tests are being run? I hope they’re not using basic PCR tests, which could amplify old DNA from viruses that the immune system has already dealth with.

  2. Wonder if Einstein ever thought his ideas on relativity would be applicable to the start of an NFL season? If it’s 21 positives out of 2000 not too alarming. If it’s 21 out of 200 then Katy bar the door!

  3. Depending on which test they are using, the rate of false negatives in field testing are running in the 10-20% range. How many positive athletes that have incorrect negatives does it take before the NFL has their own versions of the Florida Marlins? At this point, I’d point the Jags and Chiefs at close to the same odds of winning the Super Bowl this year. You can’t win a game that never happens.

  4. It doesn’t make me happy in any way to say this, but I told y’all they weren’t gonna make it outta training camp.

  5. This is why I cannot allow myself to scream “football is back!” Of the four major sports, football is the worst in terms of spreading this. And when you consider the size of the roster, coaching staff, training staff, personnel staff, and support staff, a ‘bubble’ is just impossible.

    Sorry. I want to see football return, I really do, but it is just not going to happen this year

  6. Look at it this way: So far that’s less than 1 player per team. That’s doing good so far, right?

  7. Vegas has the odds of a full NFL season @ 100-1. The odds of Simms having his top button unbuttoned are @ 200-1…

  8. Go get it yourself and then say it’s not a “ big deal “.

    This is Russian roulette for the sake of entertainment.

    If they were smart, they’d postpone the season until the vaccine is readily available.

  9. “What sorts of tests are being run? I hope they’re not using basic PCR tests, which could amplify old DNA from viruses that the immune system has already dealth with.”

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    I think you might be sorely mistaken.

  10. Everyone needs to calm down. 21 people??? How many are aysymptomatic? Probably all of them. These 21 out of over 2500 players is less than 1%….So yeah, lets boast our chest and scream “NO FOOTBALL, TOLD YOU!” when less than 1% tests positive. People, the world is not ending, and there is ZERO chance they cancel the season and miss out on BILLIONS of dollars over less than 1%.

  11. djrando7 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm
    Everyone needs to calm down. 21 people??? How many are aysymptomatic? Probably all of them. These 21 out of over 2500 players is less than 1%….So yeah, lets boast our chest and scream “NO FOOTBALL, TOLD YOU!” when less than 1% tests positive. People, the world is not ending, and there is ZERO chance they cancel the season and miss out on BILLIONS of dollars over less than 1%.

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    I highly doubt they have tested all 2500 players at this point, but I hope you’re right.

  12. djrando7 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Everyone needs to calm down. 21 people??? How many are aysymptomatic? Probably all of them. These 21 out of over 2500 players is less than 1%….So yeah, lets boast our chest and scream “NO FOOTBALL, TOLD YOU!” when less than 1% tests positive. People, the world is not ending, and there is ZERO chance they cancel the season and miss out on BILLIONS of dollars over less than 1%.
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    Even if they are all asymptomatic they can still spread the virus.
    They could spread it to other team members or family members, some of whom may be more vulnerable.

    It sounds like you are more concerned about the financial aspects or you just want football to come back regardless of the risks to players or their families.

    The virus does not care about the financial aspects or anyone’s desire to have football back. All it wants to do is find more hosts.

    A friend of mine hung out with a buddy who tested positive and was asymptomatic. My friend got infected an got really sick. His lungs have been damaged – it is like he has emphysema and the guy is pretty young.

  13. joshiewashie says:
    July 28, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Go get it yourself and then say it’s not a “ big deal “.

    This is Russian roulette for the sake of entertainment.

    If they were smart, they’d postpone the season until the vaccine is readily available.

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    You do realize most experts say, even if a vaccine is possible, it won’t last long and you’d be luck to get 40% immunity from the vaccine.

  14. I advocate wearing a mask and taking this situation seriously but that is very far from being able to find a solution that will allow football to be played this fall. Don’t be so self righteous just because you wear a mask and socially distance…

  15. We need to face the fact there won’t be a season. Look at what is happening to baseball after a week of playing.

  16. sportsfan7 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    ———————————————————————
    Even if they are all asymptomatic they can still spread the virus.
    They could spread it to other team members or family members, some of whom may be more vulnerable.

    It sounds like you are more concerned about the financial aspects or you just want football to come back regardless of the risks to players or their families.

    The virus does not care about the financial aspects or anyone’s desire to have football back. All it wants to do is find more hosts.

    A friend of mine hung out with a buddy who tested positive and was asymptomatic. My friend got infected an got really sick. His lungs have been damaged – it is like he has emphysema and the guy is pretty young.

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    Dude, do you really think that the players that tested positive are just allowed to go and join the rest of the team? They are quarantined until they test negative. I am also not dumb, I know the virus is A VIRUS. The NFL WILL NOT cancel the season under any circumstances. It will not happen. When you talk about BILLIONS, money does talk. None of these players or coaches are being hospitalized, the tests may even be a false positive.

    And my mother in law had the virus for a week. She had a stuffy nose. Was around her whole family, mother in law that is 86 and not one other person in the family got the virus. So again, the NFL is not going to miss out on billions when such a small number of player are testing positive.

  17. The NFL and NFLPA are dropping the ball big time here. The season ain’t gonna happen. All the players saying the NFL needs to do more to protect them. Covid 19 is a virus, it doesn’t pick and choose who it affects, it’s biology. Football is a contact sport, doesn’t take a genius to see the writing on the wall. On top of that you have elderly coaches, and in some cases elderly coaches who have weakened immune systems around 70 guys who can’t help themselves from having house parties, not wear masks, social distancing. If even Italy is in decline when they were at critical mass says wonders. People took distancing seriously. We don’t have that collective mind here, unfortunately and this is the new norm until people take this seriously, and the NFL and NFLPA aren’t doing any favors by being so optimistic about actually playing football this year.

  18. Meh – my Washington Football Team always had their best performances during the bye. So this could be like a bye season for them. Winning!

  19. 21 reported cases so far. Folks, this is only the warm up act…get ready for a deluge of positive cases in the next 5 days as more players report and then the inevitable team/player leaks indicating who, when and how.

  20. So if only Rookies, QBs, and injured players have reported so far and been tested let’s just say that’s 5% of all players so 125 players. 21 have tested positive so just under 10% that have reported based on assumptive numbers.

    Yeah the future is looking REAL BRIGHT for the season.

  21. And guaranteed none have symptoms. At its peak the virus was an issue for the real vulnerable. Now that it’s mutated much weaker, it’s an issue for the really really really vulnerable. Less lethal than flu, cancer, obesity, heart disease, etc. Yet people still don’t bother with flu shots, smoke, and eat fried fast food. Makes perfect sense.

  22. 21 players huh?

    That’s funny because on July 22 they reported 59 players had tested positive so the new total is 80 and that’s with just a fraction of the players being tested so far.

    BTW the players seem to be so concerned about the NFL keeping them safe from COVID but with 80 players already having it they sure don’t seem to have the same concern for themselves in their private lifes, I think their crying is all a bunch of BS and a lot of them haven’t changed a thing, they’re still hanging with the homies and catching it so they don’t care, BUT they want reassurances from the NFL, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

  23. The tests still aren’t 100% accurate, or even 90% nor have instant results. There are going to be those that slip through

  24. So 21 people tested positive who had no idea they were infected…which likely means how many of country? This pandemic fear porn is out of control

  25. I have said this before and I will say it again. My money is on the virus, because this sport is to much up in your face kind of sport to be able to have a full season. I know this is going to cost billions of dollars if the sport does not play. My question to all the owners is. Can we all survive without this season. The answer is yes. Play old games on the weekends from 15 years back if you have to.

  26. Seeing how the Marlins were so poor at reacting to their positive tests I can’t imagine the NFL teams will be much better about it. First 3 weeks should be interesting…

  27. 2800 players at this point I would think 21 is a good number. What am I not seeing here? They got them at the entrance point of the season. Isn’t that good?

  28. The NFL and NFLPA should negotiate reduced ticket prices for fans given the inevitable poor quality of the games we’ll be seeing this fall.

  29. How many NFL players have been hospitalized? Oh yeah 0!

    Just because they are not hospitalized doesn’t mean they won’t have lingering long-term symptoms. I’m a Covid survivor who was in ICU for 8 days. I’ve communicated with well over a hundreds survivors, both hospitalized and not, almost all of them have some sort or lingering physical ailment. For me it was ankle/joint swelling and severe pain. I doubt a pro-athlete is going to be able to perform at 100% with any kind of long-term side effect…except maybe the hair loss.

  30. gohawks7 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
    How many NFL players have been hospitalized? Oh yeah 0!

    Just because they are not hospitalized doesn’t mean they won’t have lingering long-term symptoms. I’m a Covid survivor who was in ICU for 8 days. I’ve communicated with well over a hundreds survivors, both hospitalized and not, almost all of them have some sort or lingering physical ailment. For me it was ankle/joint swelling and severe pain. I doubt a pro-athlete is going to be able to perform at 100% with any kind of long-term side effect…except maybe the hair loss.

    Thanks for sharing your story and may you recover fully.

  31. gomyguys says:
    July 28, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    And guaranteed none have symptoms. At its peak the virus was an issue for the real vulnerable. Now that it’s mutated much weaker, it’s an issue for the really really really vulnerable. Less lethal than flu, cancer, obesity, heart disease, etc.

    I don’t recall any experts saying the virus has mutated to a weaker form.

  32. “I think you might be sorely mistaken.”

    About what? PCR easily amplifies old DNA. You can use it in archaeology to understand what illnesses people had 100s of years after their death (if the DNA isn’t too degraded).

    Are they using a more accurate test (e.g. with RNA)?

  33. Thanks to ESPN, the whole specter of sports has changed. Sports reporting used to be scores, stats, streaks, etc. We did not have the need for a daily report on their daily lives, beliefs, ideas or that malarkey. Sports used to be relief from the daily grind. Now a days, sports are part of the daily grind and people are rebelling. I hope ESPN takes a fatal hit and we get rid of their leftist brainwashing.

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