The Kansas City Chiefs are telling their players that training camp “is a go,” according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The #Chiefs are telling players camp is a go, with rookies and QBs to report for COVID-19 testing Monday, sources tell me and @RapSheet.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 16, 2020
There's no agreement on outstanding issues between the NFL and NFLPA, I'm told. But team has right under the CBA to tell players to report.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added that rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans will take physicals and get fitted for equipment over the next two days, with the full team due next Saturday, July 25.
Physicals and equipment fitting the next two days for rookies, QBs and select vets. Full squad slated to report on 7/25. It’s up to the NFLPA to file a grievance if clubs are not in compliance with health and safety protocols. https://t.co/Daw5OcefLY— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 16, 2020
The players will be tested for COVID-19 on Monday. As we noted from Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt’s tweet from Thursday afternoon, players have not been given a disease response plan, they don’t know how they will conduct camp safely and don’t know if there will be any preseason games. Still, Texans players were also told to report on Monday.
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Texans on opening night, Thursday, September 10.
The various question marks can’t stop the Chiefs from telling their players to report, and now it will be up to the NFL Players Association to file an expedited grievance if they want to hold camp back.
If any club is not in compliance with health and safety protocols outlined in the original March agreement, the union can file an expedited grievance. Discussions between the sides continue, with owners set to meet via conference call Friday. https://t.co/LqVpJpTaXb— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 16, 2020
The timeline (?)
If the NFL Network reporters are correct, that means the Chiefs will take physicals and be fitted for equipment sometime in the next two days, then be tested on Monday.
According to @MikeGarafolo, @RapSheet and @TomPelissero, it looks like #Chiefs QBs, rookies and select veterans will arrive in Kansas City sometime in the next 24 hours, go through physicals and equipment fitting…….then get tested for COVID on Monday.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) July 17, 2020
And away we go.