The NFL had targeted Tuesday, July 28, as the start date for all teams to bring in their full rosters ... but that will not happen in Thousand Oaks for the LA Rams.
The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Rams have decided to delay the start of training camp and have yet to set a new date.
The Rams initially believed they would report to camp on July 28, but that date has changed and a new report date has yet to be determined.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 23, 2020
There is a chance that the NFL could still allow teams to start Tuesday, however.
The league and NFL Players Association are still negotiating terms of what this season will look like during the coronavirus pandemic. NFL Media reported that there is a soft deadline of Sunday, July 26, for an agreement.
While no one has set a deadline to account for a projected multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall, NFL owners want to finalize a deal with the NFLPA before Sunday, when #Chiefs and #Texans rookies are scheduled to begin strength and conditioning, sources say.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 23, 2020
It doesn’t appear, however, that the Rams’ decision to wait will create anymore chaos than teams are already dealing with. The Athletic reports that players will be ready when the Rams are.
Players are and have been making their way out to the LA area if they live elsewhere, because while the report date is believed to be later than the 28th it’s still going to happen. https://t.co/Skg6OVqZk8— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the Rams are getting props from their players for the way their training and medical staffs are preparing for training camp ... whenever that may be.
Great proactive work done by @sophieluoto and our training staff.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) July 23, 2020
Proud of the way our staff are attacking these circumstances to help bring healthy players back to the facility. https://t.co/SoTQjgdwf6
Update/Clarification: Rams rookies and veterans WILL report to the Rams on July 28th, but that will be for COVID-19 testing.— LindseyThiry (@LindseyThiry) July 23, 2020
The date for the start of training camp is still TBD.