NFL training camps are scheduled to open in just a few weeks, but it appears the league and the NFLPA are still far off when it comes to coronavirus protocols.
NFLPA president JC Tretter penned a letter posted on the NFLPA website addressing its concerns.
The union wants the league to focus more on preventing injuries, as the NFLPA pointed out following the extended break after the 2011 lockout, injuries increased by 25 percent. Achilles injuries more than doubled and hamstring strains went up 44 percent.
Another issue is the preseason. The NFL has shortened the preseason to two games, but the union does not believe it should be played at all. It does not believe it is worth the risk.
"We don’t want to merely return to work and have the season shut down before we even get started," Tretter wrote. "The NFLPA will do its part to advocate for player safety. We will continue to hold the NFL accountable and demand that the league use data, science and the recommendations of its own medical experts to make decisions. It has been clear for months that we need to find a way to fit football inside the world of coronavirus. Making decisions outside that lens is both dangerous and irresponsible."