WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The NFL Players Association announced Thursday that 72 players have been tested positive for coronavirus as of July 10.
- No players were named specifically and no mention of how many players have been tested at this point.
- The NFL has scheduled training camps to open later this month.
The NFL Players Association revealed on Thursday that 72 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10. The number represents 2.5 percent of players if you consider 90-man rosters for training camps. The NFLPA did not mention how many players had undergone screening.
With training camp approaching, the 72 players might have contracted the virus either in their everyday activities or in unsanctioned workouts among teammates. These players are not yet in locker rooms or on practice fields together.
Training camps are set to open on July 28 with rookies scheduled to report on July 19.
Tom Brady, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson have reportedly hosted workouts with teammates despite being advised not to do so by the NFLPA. The association did not identify the players who tested positive for COVID-19.
The NFLPA released the numbers amid the launch of a COVID-19 information hub that bills itself as a “one-stop shop of information … about returning to work, testing and COVID-related protocols for players, teams and facilities.”
The website also included data on the concentration of COVID-19 cases in NFL counties, with Miami-Dade county — the home of the Dolphins —recording the highest rate. The NFLPA data also show that Norfolk County, which is home to the New England Patriots, has the lowest concentration.
The report was announced the same day that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt slammed the NFL for its lack of coronavirus planning, saying that players are unaware of protocols to protect them. He also mentioned the financial implications of the coronavirus outbreak.
Watt’s remarks came after weeks of reported concerns from players over the NFL’s preparedness for play amid the ongoing health crisis.