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Players say “no” to 11-on-11 activities in practice

Players are trying to avoid as much contact as possible until it’s impossible to avoid contact.

NFL: AUG 12 Buccaneers Training Camp
Training camp will look much different this year.
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Per Pro Football Talk, the NFL Players Association has requested that there be no 11-on-11 activities in practice during the season.

There are other requests, as well. The NFLPA would like to limit practices and group activities throughout game week in hopes of providing more accurate testing and limiting the spread of COVID-19.

If the players want a season in 2020, then they will eventually have to make contact with each other. Until then, they obviously feel that it’s in their best interest to remain apart.

The NFL has yet to say whether or not the request will be granted, but if it is, it will certainly be interesting to see how everything plays out. 11-on-11s are the core of training camp/practice and the lack of live-action practices will surely put teams behind when it comes to learning their respective playbooks.

Think of teams like the Buccaneers, too. They have a new quarterback and a rookie right tackle that they are trying to get up to speed. Both players need as much practice as possible before the season starts.

Consider this just another bump in the long road until the start of the 2020 season.

You can check out PFT’s full report here.