NFL players used social media Sunday to voice their concerns over a lack of a player safety plan for scheduled training camps, using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
In an e-mail sent to all 32 teams on Saturday, the league said rookies will in most cases report on Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players on Thursday and all other players on July 28.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs, along with the Texans, have been granted permission to have rookies report Monday because they kick off the season Sept. 10, three days before other teams are in action.
Even with camps set to open, discussions are ongoing between the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) regarding health and player safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
One of the biggest requests from the NFLPA is for players to be tested for COVID-19 daily as opposed to every other day.
The NFLPA said Thursday that 72 players were known to have tested positive as of July 10.
That led to Sunday’s #WeWantToPlay social media blitz, with prominent players such as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry all commenting on social media.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 19, 2020
I am concerned.
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. 🤷🏾
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
It is disheartening to hear the NFL is unwilling to follow the recommendations of their own experts regarding player health & safety. If we want to have a FULL season the NFL needs to listen to their experts! #WeWantToPlay @NFL
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) July 19, 2020
It’s a shame that the @nfl doesn’t care about doing their part to keep players healthy and safe. They need to make sure football can come back the right way. We have to look out for ourselves as well as our families. #WeWantToPlay
— AD_99 (@AaronDonald97) July 19, 2020
NFLPA president J.C. Tretter also tweeted: “What you are seeing today is our guys standing up for each other and for the work their union leadership has done to keep everyone as safe as possible. The NFL needs to listen to our union and adopt the experts’ recommendations #wewanttoplay.”