LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Friday that outlined an agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association that “resolves all outstanding issues” concerning training camps and the start to the NFL season.
“The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season. Training camps will begin as scheduled,” Goodell said. “We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials. The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl.”
The deal, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, includes an allowance for 16-man practice squads, high-risk and voluntary opt-outs of participation and the absence of a preseason schedule. Earlier on Friday, the New Orleans Saints confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 preseason.
NFL training camp is slated to begin July 28 and will reportedly have a 20-day ramp-up period along with 14 padded practices.