As the NFLPA and NFL continue to negotiate terms for returning to football for the 2020 season, it looks like the NFL will have a separate injury classification for players who test positive for Covid-19, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The new Covid-19 designation would place a player on injured reserve for three weeks. All players who need to go on Covid-IR will receive their normal paychecks, according to Florio. The hope is that this shorter IR period will help teams fill their rosters even if they have a Covid outbreak. Without this designation, players could have gone on the NFI list and been lost for the season. There is no word though on what happens if a player is sidelined more than three weeks with the virus.
The players and management are in talks to get protocols and financial issues nailed down before some rookies can report to training camp this weekend. The owners have a planned meeting on Friday, so we likely won’t know if those rookies will be able to report until then, as the NFL takes it to the wire.