The union and the league are discussing the potential for rising the dimensions of rosters much more to make it simpler to seek out substitutes for gamers who’re contaminated with the coronavirus and should go into quarantine.
Teams should report back to coaching camp 47 days earlier than their first regular-season sport. For the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, who open the season on Sept. 10, which means reporting on July 25. Other groups could be required to start out coaching camp by July 28.
The league has mentioned that to take care of aggressive steadiness, all groups should open coaching camp on the similar time. Doing so might imply pushing again the beginning of coaching camp as a result of the variety of infections has been rising in a number of states, together with Arizona, Florida and Texas, that host N.F.L. groups.
The variety of gamers who’ve been contaminated can be rising. Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys’ star operating again, confirmed that he examined optimistic for the coronavirus this month. Other members of the Cowboys, in addition to workers members and gamers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Texans, the Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have additionally reportedly examined optimistic. Von Miller, the star linebacker on the Denver Broncos, mentioned in April that he had examined optimistic, whereas New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton additionally examined optimistic.
Some gamers, together with Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, have been flouting the union’s social distancing suggestions by working towards in teams with out sporting private protecting tools, or P.P.E. On Thursday, Brady posted a photograph of a exercise to his Instagram account with a paraphrased citation from Franklin D. Roosevelt that learn, “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Alarmed by rising an infection charges and casual practices, the gamers’ union’s medical director, Thom Mayer, despatched a message to gamers final week urging them to not take part in group exercises throughout the low season.
While different leagues, just like the N.B.A. and M.L.S., plan for gamers, coaches and workers to stay and work in an enclosed neighborhood, the N.F.L. has introduced no such plans. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s highest rating specialist in infectious ailments, forged doubt on the N.F.L.’s strategy.