In a recent article on ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Florio reported on the apparent agreement reached between the NFL and NFLPA regarding “the procedures for dealing with players who test positive for COVID-19.”
The agreement revolves around a new “classification” to the injured reserve list, which would allow teams to place players who test positive for coronavirus for up to three weeks. The open roster spot left by the positive player would then be filled by another from the extended practice squad.
Per Florio, the players who are forced to go on IR after testing will not have their salaries affected, although it’s unknown still what will happen in the case where a player is unable to return to the active roster after those three weeks are up. The owners are reportedly set to meet to finish discussions on the matter later today.
Aside from this new development, there are still plenty of variables that neither the NFL or NFLPA exactly know how they’re going to get fleshed out. In a recent tweet, Texans star J.J. Watt created a list of things that the NFLPA does know after four separate calls with their members.
In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time, here are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 16, 2020
Keep in mind our rookies are scheduled to report in 48 hrs pic.twitter.com/wAH1XyQenf
In the end, like NFLPA J.C. Tretter pointed out in an open letter penned to fans, players don’t just want to return to work, they also want to stay there once they return. Knowing how the NFL plans to handle all potential scenarios regarding positive tests is the first step to reassuring the players and fans that they’ve got everything under control.
And here are today’s links!
Madden revealed the ratings for rookie TEs, including Brycen Hopkins (The Rams Wire)
CB Jalen Ramsey was rated as the 2nd-best cornerback in the league (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter highlights how QB Jared Goff is making more than 27 different team’s quarterback groups (Ramblin’ Fan)
Mike Florio reports on the NFL deciding to place players who test positive for coronavirus on IR for three weeks (Pro Football Talk)
Jeremy Fowler lists the top-10 off-ball linebackers in the NFL voted on by players, coaches, and execs (ESPN)
Jeremy Fowler lists the top-10 cornerbacks in the NFL voted on by players, coaches, and execs (ESPN)
John Breech ranks the NFL’s eight divisions (CBS Sports)
Chris Trapasso ranks the rookies who were hurt most by the short offseason (CBS Sports)
Adam Wells reports on minority owners in the Washington football team wanting to sell their stake (Bleacher Report)