UPDATE: 4:56 p.m. Arrowhead Time
The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans open 2020 training camp on Monday by having rookies report to their facilities. Kansas City and Houston open the NFL’s season in September.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero outlined the first day for the Chiefs on this morning’s edition of “Good Morning Football.”
“The first day is literally just a COVID-19 test. They take the test, they go home,” Pelissero said. “They come back to the building on Tuesday, take another COVID-19 test. If they get two negatives (tests) in a row, only then can they move on to other things, be in the building, take their physical and move into team activities.”
That means that rookie physicals will likely occur on Wednesday — and these have to happen so the Chiefs can sign all six of their draft picks.
Pelissero has said the Chiefs were one of three teams in the league to have their Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) plan approved by the NFLPA.
This is all happening as the NFL and NFLPA continue to work on an agreement on 2020 training camp and preseason protocols. Chiefs Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu, among other top players in the league, have expressed their concern about player safety.
For the time being, players are contractually obligated to show for training camp, and they have been advised to do so by the NFLPA. The reported issues still being discussed are the acclimation period, coronavirus testing and whether or not the league will have any preseason games.
The NFL’s latest proposal to players includes just one preseason game, rather than two, sources say.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2020
Players still want no preseason games and a longer acclimation period. But a sign the sides are working and getting closer to a plan for 2020.
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The owners will meet virtually to discuss these issues Monday at 1 p.m. Arrowhead Time. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated.