Several Vikings among players demanding NFL's plans for training camp

The NFL has been silent on their COVID-19 procedures one week before players report to camp.
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Eric Kendricks

Players across the NFL voiced their displeasure on Twitter on Sunday as the league has not revealed its protocols for training camp, which begins on July 28. 

At the heart of the discussion is how the league is planning to keep players safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including testing procedures and what guidelines will be followed if a player tests positive.

Among the players questioning the league's plans is Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who tweeted out what the players know and don't know one week out from camp.

After Watt's tweet, players followed suit under the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks were two of those players, voicing their concern with players reporting to camp and what could come of it if it's not handled properly.

Former Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs also got into the act, comparing the NFL's situation to the NBA's which is planning to restart its season in a "bubble" in Orlando later this month.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also voiced his opinion and revealed that the concerns are not just about the players on the field, but their families off of it.

Of the major sports that have been impacted by COVID-19, the NFL has had the benefit of waiting and seeing what other leagues have done to play through the pandemic. 

Even with that added time, the NFL hasn't announced protocol for camp outside of media procedures and teams including the Vikings closing their camps to fans. 

Instead, the NFL has maintained the status quo this offseason, conducting a fully virtual draft, releasing their schedule, and even suggesting that they expect stadiums to be at full capacity for the start of the 2020 season.

Those plans have backfired on the NFL and with players and coaches waiting for a response, all eyes are on the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to see what they will do.

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