The players are concerned that appropriate measures are not in place to ensure they are safe to begin training camp amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Veteran star players like JJ Watt, Russell Wilson, Demarcus Lawrence, and countless others are stepping up and making it clear they want to see a cogent plan to keep the players safe, and in turn, helping to ensure the season has a real shot of happening using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
The NFL cut the preseason schedule from four games to two, but the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives voted in favor of not having any preseason games, and the difference has not been resolved 25 days before the scheduled preseason kickoff. Watt also mentioned a "strong and fair opt-out clause for those at higher rick or those with family members at higher risk". Rookies for the Texans and Chiefs, who will participate in the season-opening game set for September 10, are expected to report to training camp Monday.
This weekend, a number of high-profile players took to social media to call out the NFL for its lack of plan and demand the league find a way to safely bring players into facilities.
They want players tested daily for the virus. A June 7 memo sent to the teams by the league defined Tier 1 employees as all players and necessary personnel who must have direct access to players.
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"We need the National Football League to make sure we are safe and the people around us are safe", cornerback Tavon Young wrote on Twitter. @NFL Training camp is about to start. The league can mandate players show up to training camp even if the NFLPA has not negotiated an agreement.
"Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don't know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow", Watt wrote.
Both Brees and Malcolm Jenkins pointed to the National Football League ignoring the advice of its own medical experts.
When Brown and other players say the National Football League is ignoring the recommendations of its own doctors, they are talking about the proposed training camp schedule and how it relates to preseason games.
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