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NFL conducting daily coronavirus tests may ease Sean McVay’s fears of training camp delay

Rams head coach had voiced skepticism that schedule would go according to plan

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Sean McVay
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LA Rams head coach Sean McVay is no doubt pleasantly surprised by the latest NFL news.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to a coronavirus testing program on Monday that will begin with daily tests for players. This is a major step toward getting players to training camp on time — and ultimately getting the 2020 season started on time.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the development is making people around the NFL optimistic about an on-schedule start for camp. The plan is for training camp to start July 28, and the NFL regular season starts Sept. 10. The Rams open at home at the new SoFi Stadium on Sept. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Earlier on Monday, McVay appeared on a podcast with Dan Hellie and expressed pessimism about camp starting on time.

“Something about it tells me that maybe there’s a chance that things get moved back,” McVay. “We’re gonna have a great plan. Whether we get a chance to execute that plan now or a little bit later remains to be seen. But I am confident we’ll have a season. We’ll be able to play football. Whether or not it goes exactly on the schedule that we’ve all seen, that’s something I’m a little skeptical of right now.”

This is all a reminder of how fluid a situation this is. For now, things may be trending upward.