NFL news: League provides COVID-19 protocols for camp, preseason
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NFL provides detailed COVID-19 protocols for camp, preseason

Roger Goodell, NFL

With nearly three weeks until training camps get underway, the NFL provided detailed COVID-19 protocols for the camps and the preseason, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Even though the NFL is moving forward with a ‘business as usual’ approach, they expect some players to test positive for the coronavirus. Therefore, the league is ensuring that teams are aware of the necessary precautions to take if a player does test positive.

If a team has a member that is exposed to COVID-19, then they’ll need to conduct a PCR virus test. In the chance that the test is negative, then the player or coach can return under certain circumstances. Those circumstances include further testing for eight days and closer examination of symptoms upon their return.

On the other hand, if someone in NFL team tests positive, there are different stipulations that can take place. Of course, depending on whether or not they show symptoms can alter the timeline for a return.

Without a doubt, a perfect scenario for the league would be to have zero positive tests. But with football being a contact sport, it’s probable there will be positive tests during the season.

After training camps are conducted, the NFLPA is interested in possibly eliminating the preseason in 2020. Also, the league is discussing the idea of trimming rosters down to fewer than the current 90-man training camp rosters. While the NFL continues to congregate about the best possible options for the upcoming season, they now have COVID-19 protocols.