NFLPA President J.C. Tretter asked an important question when it comes to quarantining players, per Doug Farrar of USA Today, “Let’s say I’ve been blocking with my teammates, and I’ve been blocking all these defensive linemen, aren’t we talking about 30 guys?”
This question is likely one of the key roadblocks in the NFL and NFLPA’s negotiations, as there isn’t a good answer that doesn’t put huge chunks of exposed players onto injured reserve.
Talks between the NFL and the players’ union are ongoing while the owners have a planned call on Friday. News will continue to leak out as the NFL tries to get a plan squared away before rookies report as early as Monday. The latest comes from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says on a media call that union officials had a call last night with team doctors, who gave the opinion "with a couple reservations" that it is safe to open training camp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 17, 2020
This is a positive report, but nothing has been agreed upon just yet. The NFL is trying their hardest to stick to a timeline that keeps the regular season schedule intact. There are so many variables that even if training camp does open on time, there easily could be a setback.