The San Francisco 49ers have received approval from the county to move forward with training camp, per The Athletic’s Matt Barrows. Rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will report Thursday, July 23, to get the initial COVID test. The rest of the roster will report on July 28. The NFL’s Management Council sent out a memo on Monday that outlined out the testing procedures would work. Players are required to be tested within 72 hours before they’re allowed into the facilities.
Here’s what happens if a player tests negative:
- A first negative test means a player must quarantine at home/team hotel for two days
On Day 4, the player can return if his test is negative. The NFLPA had been pushing for daily testing, and that will be the case through the first two weeks of training camp. If the positive tests are lower than 5%, then the 49ers can begin testing every other day.
That means tomorrow the 49ers 15 rookies, their four quarterbacks, and a long list of players who are returning from significant injures last year (including Deebo Samuel, Richie James, and D.J. Reed, who suffered injuries this offseason) will be tested for COVID.
So, there will be no delay to the start of training camp for the 49ers, which is good news. We’re not out of the woods just yet, though.