The NFL and the NFLPA came together on an agreement on testing for COVID-19. With training camps getting ready to start, the players wanted safety protocols in place before they report to camp.
COVID-19 testing will be required daily for the first two weeks of training camp. After the two weeks, if the positive test rate is below 5%, testing would be scaled back to testing every other day. If it goes high than 5%, the screening will remain an everyday thing.
â€œOur union has been pushing for the strongest testing, tracing and treatment protocols to keep out players safe,â€ the NFLPA said in a statement. â€œThe testing protocols we agreed to are one critical factor that will help us return to work safely and gives us the best chance to play and finish the season.â€
Players and team employees will be required to have two negative tests before entering the team facilities. They will show up day one and take a test, then return home and come back 72 hours before the second test. If both are negative, they will be allowed in the team’s facilities
With the first two weeks of the preseason already canceled, the NFL offered to cancel all the preseason games this summer. Players have been pushing to play no preseason games this year. If the players accept, they could get their wish.
There are still more details to be ironed out, but it is a step in the right direction for the NFL and its players. The NFL must do everything possible to ensure the safety of everybody involved. With the testing protocols in place that is a great start.