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Team doctors say it’s safe to open training camp

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“With a couple reservations”

Super Bowl XLVIII NFLPA Press Conference Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Matt Maiocco has a long thread on Twitter about the NFLPA’s most recent union call you should check out. On the salary cap, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said there are two options:

1) Lost revenues would lead to a drop in the cap that could be $70M per team, and each team would deal with that.

2) Both sides work together to avoid a precipitous drop in the salary cap next season.

Smith said he believes having teams travel, meet, and play in the preseason does not help the league season begin on time and have a full season.

The NFLPA’s ramp up suggestions were:

-21 days of strength and conditioning.

-10 days of ramping up to non-padded work.

-14 days of contact acclimation with practices before playing a game.

Smith said that union officials had a call with team doctors who gave the opinion “with a couple reservations” that it is safe to open training camp. I’m shocked team doctors are okay with playing football again. Money talks.

Smith’s final statement:

What’s good for the country is good for sports, and that’s wearing masks. That’s not a political statement; that’s a common sense statement. Nothing will bring sports back more quickly than the universal decision to wear masks.