Players have reported to training camp and have been tested for the virus. The results are in from the tests and it is encouraging as 56 players only 2% of the active rosters tested positive. The deadline for a player to opt out is August 6th. These numbers may encourage players to remain with their teams since there hasn’t been an outbreak since arriving to camp. Of course, it is early and there is a long way to go to see if the NFL will be able to contain it, but it is still a positive sign. Full contact workouts start on the 17th and that will be the NFL’s first real test on whether they will be able to contain it without using the Bubble format. We have seen how well relying on players and personnel has been working for MLB.

Following in the footsteps of the NBA, the NFLPA announced a hotline to report COVID-19 violations. So yes, they have their own snitch line. A couple of teams have set up a voluntary bubble to take the responsibility out of the players’ hands. They have hotels set up to allow the players to travel to and from the facility. Other teams feel their players will be responsible and follow protocols and the players and staff will hold each other accountable to try to prevent an outbreak, so they are not setting up a bubble.

There is a huge risk when your protocols depend on personal responsibility and accountability. MLB is using that method and it is working for some teams, but not all. Players and personnel have to decide if they want to put themselves, their team and their family at risk by making decisions like going out even if it is at someone’s house. Each team will only be safe if the players and staff take it serious and act responsibly. This will be something to keep an eye on while trying to concentrate on the upcoming season.

There is a huge risk when your protocols depend on personal responsibility and accountability. MLB is using that method and it is working for some teams, but not all. Players and personnel have to decide if they want to put themselves, their team and their family at risk by making decisions like going out even if it is at someone’s house. Each team will only be safe if the players and staff take it serious and act responsibly. This will be something to keep an eye on while trying to concentrate on the upcoming season.

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