NFL training camp for all 32 teams will start on schedule, with veterans still set to report on July 28.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent an email to all 32 NFL franchises’ general managers and coaches notifying them of this news on July 18.
The email, obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, revealed a three-stage plan for teams to return to training camp. Rookies will report first on July 21, quarterbacks and injured players will report for camp on July 23 and all other players are set to report on July 28.
According to Pelissero, discussions continue to persist between the NFL and the NFL Players Association in regard to proper league COVID-19 protocol.
At the moment, no more than 20 players are allowed at a single time in an NFL team’s facility. Pelissero reported that this guideline will stay in place until the NFLPA signs off on each club’s infectious disease emergency response plans. Despite this fact, NFL teams still have the right to set training camp reporting dates according to CBA rules.
After receiving Vincent’s email, several clubs sent notices to their rookies and began booking flights in order for them to report to camp by July 21, Pelissero reported. Pelissero also noted that many unknowns still remain in regard to the NFL’s COVID response plan, including the structure of training camp. This is not stopping NFL teams from carrying on with their plans based on the assumption that players will show up to their facilities starting on July 21.
For now, discussions between the NFL and NFLPA on COVID-19 protocols continue.