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NFLPA announces 72 NFL players league-wide have tested positive for coronavirus

With training camps and the preseason fast approaching, the uncertainty around the NFL’s 2020 season continues to loom as the safety of all personnel, players, and fans remain the top priority. Just last week, the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell sent NFL teams a comprehensive list of procedures and protocols to be followed this coming year. And though some football stars like Deshaun Watson did not react positively to some of the new rules, league officials have shown that they are taking the pandemic seriously.

Unfortunately, it seems like it will be an uphill battle even before the season starts.

According to Nick O’Malley in MassLive.com, the NFLPA had released their findings on players’ coronavirus tests. In a page on their official website dedicated to COVID-19 updates, the NFLPA shared revealed that as of July 10, a total of 72 NFL players have received positive coronavirus test results—approximately 2.5% of all active players across the league. These are only the known tested players and it is possible that there are more cases.

With the NFL’s schedule unchanged for this season despite the pandemic, players are expected to start arriving to training camps as soon as July 28. In a recent weeks, it has been known that league officials and the players union have been in to talk to decrease preseason games or take the games out entirely.

This past week, several teams have already announced either reduced capacity for their home games or a total ban on attendance. Latest to do so are the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers.