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Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu among NFL players concerned about training camp launch

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Chiefs quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans have been called to report on Monday.

NFL: AUG 10 Preseason - Bengals at Chiefs Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

All reports point to the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans reporting for training camp on Monday after both clubs reportedly submitted their Infectious Disease Emergency Response plans (IDER).

The Chiefs and Texans are first up, as they begin the season on opening night, Thursday, September 10.

But that has not stopped various players from publicly expressing their concern — including defensive end JJ Watt, one of the Chiefs’ opening-night opponents. Watt’s Sunday tweet was retweeted by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu.

This marked the Watt’s second tweet in four days pertaining to player safety as Houston and Kansas City get ready to launch.

Watt notes that the NFL can (and has) mandated players show up despite no agreement between the league and the players association, and there has been no word on an acclimation period, coronavirus testing, preseason games, a 2020 opt-out clause and more.

Several other players throughout the league echoed Watt’s concerns using the #WeWantToPlay hashtag on Twitter. That included Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Mathieu.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tried to sum up the league-wide concerns.

NFLPA president and Browns offensive lineman JC Tretter then tweeted the following:

We’ll see how this might impact Chiefs training camp. Stay tuned.