Don’t get it misconstrued. NFL players want to play this season, but they demand it be done safely.

Now, they’re speaking out on Twitter about the NFL failing to develop a plan to play the 2020 NFL season safely, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rusell Wilson who cites his wife, Ciara, being pregnant on why he’s concerned.

Among the other players speaking out, Houston Texas defensive end JJ Watt had the most detail in his statement.

The concerns appear to be about the NFL failing to develop a plan to play the season safely despite having the benefit of time. The NBA, NHL, and MLS all had to suspend their campaigns midseason. The MLB, WNBA, and NWSL had to suspend the beginning of their seasons but all six ended up with plans to return to play safely with testing for the virus at the heart of each plan.

The NFL hasn’t even committed to daily or every-other-day testing yet but the NFL has reiterated that training camp will begin next week with rookies set to report to training camp on July 21, quarterbacks and injured players on July 23 and the rest of the roster by July 28. 

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Meanwhile, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the NFL was recommended to have a 21-day acclimation period, which the league wanted players to report two weeks early to have. The NFLPA refused and stated they do not want to play preseason games during the pandemic. 

Wilson and Watt were not alone in their concern.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Gregg Bell].

Russell Wilson, NFL players call out NFL’s mishandling of COVID-19 originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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