Patrick Mahomes doesn’t sound like he’s ready to report to camp on Monday.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, the National Football League seems intent on plowing forward with preparations for the 2020 season.
Rookies and quarterbacks for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans are expected to report to training camp as early as Monday. If they don’t, the teams have the authority under the Collective Bargaining Agreement to issue discipline. It’s a situation Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes finds insane.
“Stuff is crazy man. All this time we had and now we are down to this,” Mahomes wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.
The NFL has known that the COVID-19 pandemic would drastically affect how, or if, the 2020 season takes place for months. So far, they’ve done little to formulate a cohesive plan to address players’ concerns about health and safety.
There have been some rules proposals that seem like nothing more than putting a bandage on the problem. Players would be forbidden from exchanging jerseys following a game after they have already competed against each other for 60 minutes. Players have to wear a mask on the sidelines, but the coaches don’t. And there is the possible introduction of a revised face mask.
But there has been no agreement on how testing would work, whether players would be able to opt-out of playing and still get paid, or what training camp will look like. The Texans’ J.J. Watt wrote on Thursday that the players association has not received any plan from the league.
Owners are taking part in a conference call on Friday to hammer out the details of their plan to safely hold training camp. The NFLPA has revealed that 72 players have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10, around 2.5 percent of the league.
The NFL has bided their time all along, knowing the start of the season was still months away. But that time is nearly gone; full training camps are expected to begin in less than two weeks. The Chiefs and Texans kick off the regular season in just 55 days.