59 NFL players have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days before training camps are set to begin ahead of the 2020 season

Getty/SOPA ImagesThe 2020 NFL season is scheduled to start September 10.
  • Fifty-nine NFL players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, just days before training camps are set to begin ahead of the 2020 season, according to the NFL Players Association.
  • Training camps are set to begin next week, with rookies having already started reporting for duty and all other players due back starting Tuesday.
  • Players will undergo daily COVID-19 tests during training until the ratio of positive results falls.
  • “Our union has been pushing for the strongest testing, tracing, and treatment protocols to keep our players safe,” the NFLPA said.
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Fifty-nine NFL players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, just days before training camps are set to begin ahead of the 2020 season, according to the NFL Players Association.

The players who have tested positive have not been named.

Training camps are set to begin next week, with rookies having already started reporting for duty and all other players due back starting Tuesday.

Players will undergo daily COVID-19 tests during the first two weeks of training under the NFL’s testing protocols. If the ratio of positive tests falls during that period, testing will then occur every other day.

“Our union has been pushing for the strongest testing, tracing, and treatment protocols to keep our players safe,” the union said in a statement.

“The testing protocols we agreed to are one critical factor that will help us return to work safely and gives us the best chance to play and finish the season.”

The union initially said 95 players had tested positive for the virus, but it later revised that number down.

“The previous number included all known positives across the league, including staff, and has now been updated to include only players,” it said in a statement on Twitter.

The union also said all 32 teams had submitted their emergency-response plans ahead of the start of training; however, just eight have been approved so far.

The remaining 24 submitted plans are still under review.

According to TMZ, teams must have those plans approved before they are allowed to allow more than 20 players into a team facility at any one time.

The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to start September 10.

The news about the positive tests came shortly after the NBA announced it had seen zero players test positive in its most recent round of testing.

Twenty-two NBA teams are isolating in Florida ahead of the league’s planned restart on July 30.

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