NFLPA: 56 Players Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 Since Reporting for Camp

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020 file photo NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference in Miami. The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. In a memo sent by Goodell and obtained Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by The Associated Press, several phases of the protocols were laid out. The first phase would involve a limited number of non-player personnel, initially 50 percent of the non-player employees (up to a total of 75) on any single day, being approved to be at the facility. But state or local regulations could require a lower number. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)
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The NFLPA says 56 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 since training camps opened July 21, as of data updated Wednesday.

Players and coaches are tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp as part of a deal the union struck with the league regarding safety protocol. A determination on how often players will be tested will be made after that period.

The 56 players represent about 2 percent of players currently on rosters. Teams are allowed to have up to 80 players on their camp roster. 

The NFL is not allowed to disclose which players tested positive for COVID-19. There have been at least 92 players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Wednesday, per Mike Klis of 9News. The NFL places players on the list if they tested positive for the coronavirus or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The NFLPA's website has been tracking cases and providing information in an effort to be transparent with its players and the public during the pandemic. Players have until 4 p.m. ET Thursday to voluntarily opt out of the 2020 season and receive a $150,000 stipend.

Players who are considered at high risk are eligible for a $350,000 stipend. 

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