National Football League players launch Twitter blitz over training camp concerns

Jared Goff Aaron Donald call on NFL to keep players safe with camp approaching

Jared Goff Aaron Donald call on NFL to keep players safe with camp approaching

"Watt and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson were among the players to speak out on social media, and they ended their posts with "#WeWantToPlay".

"We recognize that, as players and coaches and staff come in, they're going to be coming in from all over the country and in some cases the world", Sills said.

The NFL already has canceled two of its four preseason weeks, but the players have asked for all preseason games to be canceled this year.

All of these points of contention and more were raised by Brees, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Thomas, Demario Davis, and other big names in New Orleans and around the NFL.

He wrote: "My wife is pregnant".

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At around noon on Sunday, the NFL's star players, J.J. Watt, Patrick Mahomes, and Drew Brees, tweeted the hashtag "WeWantToPlay" and accused the National Football League of ignoring the advice of its own doctors.

Since NFL players did not have a usual offseason or training period, the NFL-NFLPA joint medical committee recommended a slow re-acclimation to football activities. Some of those outstanding issues include information about how often players will be tested and what will happen if someone does test positive for the coronavirus. There is no agreement on an opt-out clause for those who are at higher risk or whose family is at higher risk (such as Rodney Hudson's wife).

Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, who is widely considered the best player in the league also expressed his disquiet.

According to NFL.com, the NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent an email on July 18 detailing when players should report to training camp. That should give players an extra week to prepare, although it's not the full 21 days they're seeking. But like with every other aspect of life in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic complicates matters. But that call took some turns as players felt like the NFLPA couldn't answer some of the simplest questions they were asking.

Players, together with the NFLPA, want a clear and more comprehensive plan from the league on how to safely open camps and start the season while protecting the players. They don't know if there will be preseason games.

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