Sport NFL will treat COVID-19 players as injured players

03:50  04 july  2020
03:50  04 july  2020 Source:   profootballrumors.com

ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns

  ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.

Less than three weeks remain until rookies are scheduled to report to training camp. But a host of issues need to be resolved by then for that to happen. Here is the latest on the NFL’s efforts to finalize a new setup for the impending COVID-19-altered season:

Roger Goodell wearing a suit and tie: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has released a new update on the impending COVID-19-altered season. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has released a new update on the impending COVID-19-altered season.
  • A key takeaway from Friday’s NFLPA conference call: contracts relating to the coronavirus. Once teams report to camp, players who test positive for the virus will be treated the same way — contractually speaking — as injured players, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets. They will be paid. No COVID-19 list — which would accompany teams’ IR lists — has been finalized yet, but something along these lines may emerge given the case records the country is currently setting.
  • With the NFLPA recommending no preseason games occur, the union discussed a practice schedule that includes a 21-day strength and conditioning period to make up for the virtual offseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. This would help protect players against injuries from being rushed back to full-on practice work immediately. The new CBA called for a short ramp-up period before pads come on, but a 21-day stretch obviously would dwarf the initial padless itinerary. The NFLPA also discussed a 10-day period of padless practices and a 14-day stretch with an eight-padded-practice maximum. These camp blocs would follow the 21-day conditioning span. With uncertainty on the practice and game fronts, the NFL’s August plans are very much in flux.
  • As of now, the expectation is for players to be tested every other day once they report to camp. Players have pushed for every-day testing, however. The NFLPA discussed a scenario of players needing to test negative twice in a 24-hour span, Breer tweets.
  • Players’ concerns the process of returning to work is being rushed do not appear to be swaying the NFL. The league’s plan remains for teams to return to camp July 28. A medical expert on Friday’s call informed players they will need to make decisions on playing this season on an individual basis, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com notes (video link), pointing to high-stakes opt-out choices. The NFL and NFLPA have not finalized an opt-out plan yet.

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2020 minor league baseball season canceled

  2020 minor league baseball season canceled Minor League Baseball’s effort to defend its member teams was greatly imperiled by the global pandemic. Public attention, for good reason, has been elsewhere, and minor league teams have experienced a more or less complete halt to revenue. A resumption of play might have helped. There were times when it seemed plausible, but any hope dissipated over recent weeks. Even as MLB and its players haggled over the terms for a big league resumption, a ramp-up of virus transmission in many parts of the United States served to increase the already great logistical challenges to a MiLB season.We’ll see how the broader picture turns out.

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NFL aiming for salary cap solution by training camp .
Fanless games could have a devastating impact on the NFL's overall budget, which could then in turn have a significant impact on the salary cap.While the salary cap number is not determined until March, the league is shooting to solve this dilemma by the time training camps open, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. This would do well to help teams manage their longer-term situations.

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