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The NFLPA released COVID-19 data Thursday, saying there have been 72 known positive player tests as of July 10.
The union data is meant to provide players with as much up-to-date information on the spread of the coronavirus as possible and includes a heat map, showing the biggest hot spots among the 32 NFL teams. The Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals are located in the markets most affected by new COVID cases.
Despite having four months’ worth of an offseason to put together a plan of how to handle the season during pandemic, the players union and NFL owners are yet to have a formalized outline, with less than two weeks remaining before training camp. Owners are set to have a conference call Friday on which they hope to iron out some of the remaining details.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt highlighted the numerous issues that are yet to be decided from the players’ perspective:
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In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time, here are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.
Keep in mind our rookies are scheduled to report in 48 hrs https://t.co/wAH1XyQenf
For most of the offseason, the NFL’s worked largely under a status quo, holding a virtual draft and offseason and pushing forward to hold the 2020 season as scheduled. With the United States still being the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, a standard campaign feels like an impossibility.
That leaves the NFL and its players with an unenviable task of rushing through negotiations that could have and probably should have been held months ago.