When does NFL training camp start? Dates, COVID-19 protocols, preseason games & more for 2020 – Sporting News

When does NFL training camp start? Dates, COVID-19 protocols, preseason games & more for 2020 – Sporting News

On the same day the first set of rookies was permitted to report to team facilities for 2020 NFL training camp, the league and the NFL Players Association held a meeting in an effort finalize health and safety protocols, the number of preseason games and other arrangements as they try to start a football season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On one hand, the NFL and the NFLPA potentially finalizing these protocols quite literally at the last minute seems absurd considering that the coronavirus outbreak reached the United States more than four months ago. But the league and the players have been working with a moving target.

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The NFL at one point had time on its side, and it hoped the status of the virus would evolve to the point where the league could move forward with its 2020 season on time without much interruption. But with COVID-19 cases still on the rise in the United States as of late July, the league and the players are battling unforeseen circumstances and scrambling to agree on protocols.

What we do know, though, are the start dates for NFL training camps and for the regular season — barring more unforeseen changes, of course. We soon will also know how many preseason games will be played this year, too.

When does NFL training camp start in 2020?

  • Rookies: July 21
  • Quarterbacks and injured players: July 23
  • Veteran players: July 28

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