NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address health and safety concerns, said an AP report.
This came after the league informed the teams on Saturday that training camp will open on time.
Though, the discussion between the player’s union and the league is still on progress.
Among the topic being raised is the testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols.
Accordingly, Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday.
Meanwhile, rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday.
Moreover, players for all teams are set to report by July 28th.
Players Airing Their Concerns
Several prominent NFL players aired their concerns through social media.
In addition, Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted:
“We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!”
The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that.
If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.
Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson said he is apprehensive because his wife is pregnant.
“It’s that simple. Get it done @NFL.”
“My wife is pregnant. @NFL Training camp is about to start.
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. ????
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. (hashtag)WeWantToPlay.”
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and President JC Tretter addressed the union’s concerns.
In a 90-minute videoconference call with reporters on Friday, they both laid their demands.
They want players tested daily for the virus.
Other outstanding issues included the number of preseason games, said the report.
The league has planned to cut the exhibition schedule from four games to two.
However, the union wants none.
Moreover, players also wanted a 45-day acclimation period to help avoid injuries.
The league asked players to report early but the union declined.