Mike Evans joins other National Football League players in voicing concern about safe return

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2020

The league also set reporting dates, with rookies showing up as early as July 21.

NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp.

Wilson's main concern centered around his wife's pregnancy and how the National Football League plans to protect family members.

It's pretty simple. these guys say they're just a couple months or so from having to get back onto the gridiron, but claim there's been no guidance or direction from NFL's top honchos on how to keep the players safe, and what the protocol will be.

Two of the most high profile players from the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu, are among the players calling on the National Football League to make a change, asking for a plan and safer return to play conditions. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28.

Other outstanding issues include the number of preseason games.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt started the onslaught with a note posted to Twitter where he pointed out that the players - as pushed for by the NFLPA - haven't been granted the proper acclimation period in the build-up to the season as recommended by medical and training staffs. A joint committee of doctors, trainers and strength coaches formed by the National Football League and NFLPA recommended testing every other day.

"If players do not show up on time, they can be fined or considered in breach of contract, even if health and safety protocols have not been agreed upon or IDER (Infectious Disease Emergency Response) plans have been approved. The NFL needs to listen to our union and adopt the experts' recommendations".

Added Dolphins safety Eric Rowe: "I just want to play football but we need the @NFL to step up and create a safe work environment for us all!"

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