It was on Sunday afternoon when the NFL players seek clarification and specific protocols about the season start on social media. They raised their concerns by posting tweets with the same hashtags #WeWantToPlay.
The NFL stars clearly want to call the attention of the league to make things clear first before starting the season. Since the season is very much a different situation from the previous ones. Coronavirus is on the game this season and the players want assurance that they will be safe to play.
One of the defenders of the Houston Texans, J.J Watt made a list of the questions that need answers from the league. He listed the things that they know so far and the unclear parts of the protocols. Watt's and other players' posts are pointing out that they want to play, but health and safety are still the priority.
I am concerned.— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. 🤷🏾
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
Based on the reports, the 32 NFL teams’ leagues Infectious disease emergency response (IDER) plans were already submitted and approved by the experts. However, the IDER plans coverage is still not clear with regard to some issues.
The guidelines released on Friday by the NFL And NFLPA cover the protocols of social distancing, wearing masks, and hand sanitizing. Mentioned as well is about not sharing their towels, water bottles, and training equipment. But, questions regarding the testing frequency are not yet answered clearly.
In Watt’s statement in his twitter post, he said that they “still don’t know if there will be daily testing, every other day testing” or what. The NFL guidelines are not specific about this matter.
As stated in the guidelines, “Protocols will be updated as science evolves.” They also added that the details about the testing and screening protocols are still to be negotiated and agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA.
Although there is still confusion about the whole protocols and IDER plans, players are getting concerned because the NFL already mandates them to attend the training camp.
One of the tweets of these star players is from Russell Wilson saying, “I am concerned, my wife is pregnant. NFL Training camp is about to start... And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety.”
“We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved one,” he added.
One of the many concerns of the players, according to Watt’s statement is the clarification about the opt-out ability during high-risk situations. They are not briefed about how to handle if things get out of hand. The protocol on handling if there will be a positive case is not that clearly stated in the guidelines.
Although the league released the guidelines, it still lacks elaboration on essential topics that are necessary for the safety of players and staff.
Players worry more as the number of players who are confirmed to have acquired the coronavirus disease raised to a total of 72 NFL players.