Report says NFL head coaches may be returning next week, minicamps in June

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Could Buffalo Bills players and coaches be returning to the field within the next month? A report from NFL columnist Charles Robinson from Yahoo! Sports says that could very well be the case. 

According to Robinson, head coaches may be returning to team facilities as early as next week, with players reporting for minicamps in mid-to-late June. All of this would be dependent on state and local governments giving the go-ahead for all facilities to be open in their jurisdictions, as well as the NFL green-lighting teams getting back to work, as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources: #NFL head coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week, with full-squad minicamps potentially on the docket for mid-to-late June.Story: https://t.co/6yLVEdkYSo pic.twitter.com/Y200OZjVWP

— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 26, 2020

New York is currently only in Phase 1 of re-opening. The Bills' team facility in Orchard Park is considered Phase 2. However, on Sunday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said pro sports teams in the state can begin training camps. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, however, has maintained that no players or coaches will be allowed back at any team facilities until all 32 teams are allowed, in order to maintain competitive balance. 

According to the report from Robinson, minicamps could be scheduled as early as June 15 or as late as June 27, depending on those factors as well as COVID-19 data.

Additionally, the NFL Players' Association would have to agree to any return-to-play situation and timeline:

Players: our union has not agreed to any reopening plan. Any reports about coming back to work are hypothetical. You will hear from the NFLPA when there are new developments.

— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) May 26, 2020

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