Green Bay Packers halt plan for rookies to report to training camp
With the coronavirus pandemic still ever present, the Green Bay Packers have decided to postpone the return of their players, specifically the rookies, on the field. The team’s front office has decided that it is in the best interest of the players to not proceed with training camp in the meantime.
ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde reported the news on Twitter:
#Packers' plans for having their rookies report to Lambeau Field tomorrow are on hold. Coach Matt LaFleur had hoped to have them in on July 21, and president/CEO Mark Murphy had written that July 21 was the plan. But they will not be in tomorrow. Plans still "up in the air."
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) July 20, 2020
The Packers side took the matter into consideration after the league’s marquee players called out the league on social media. Strong clamor was made for more definite safety protocols set first. However, it seems like the current complications are not enough to force the NFL to postpone the opening of the upcoming 2020 season. Despite the uncertainties around the situation, a full 16-game season is also set to push through.
After weeks of negotiations with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), The league has decided that the teams will follow the dates as scheduled. The teams’ full rosters are called to report to their respective training camps starting on July 28. Meanwhile, the kickoff game is still going to push through with the September 10 playdate which will feature a matchup between defending Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs against the visiting Houston Texans.
After a disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship, the Green Bay Packers are raring to start the 2020 season to begin their bid for a Super Bowl appearance. They’ll hold off for now though to prioritize the health of their players.
The Packers will take the field a few days after the opening and will visit the Minnesota Vikings on September 13 at the U.S. Bank Stadium.