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Covid-19 protocols continue to be sticking point in NFL/NFLPA discussions

The NFL and NFLPA work to get the season going for 2020.

Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association DeMaurice Smith, left, talks with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the start of the Cowboys and Washington Redskins game at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

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:

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.