Well, hot damn, it appears NFL training camps will start on time and, fingers crossed, so will the regular season in September.
Ending weeks of discussion, the NFL owners agreed on terms of a new plan for the 2020 season while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL Players Association has voted to recommend the deal to players, they will vote on it later Friday.
Out of the NFL meeting today, via sources: Training camp will start on time.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2020
A statement following our Executive Committee meeting: pic.twitter.com/pSkq369jeh— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 24, 2020
Barring something unexpected, we are days away from all teams being in training camp. The Raiders are planning to start camp with their full roster Tuesday at their new facility in Henderson, Nevada. Still, while camp is starting, the progression to the season will be slow and calculated. Actual practices won’t start until mid-August.
Per sources, camp timeline in the NFL's proposal ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 24, 2020
Day 1: Testing/virtual meetings.
Days 2-3: Virtual meetings.
Day 4: Testing/virtual meetings.
Days 5-6: Physicals.
Days 7-15: Strength and conditioning (with a day off.)
Day 16: Practice starts.
Day 21: First padded practice.
On roster sizes: Teams can reduce rosters to 80 right now. By August 16, everyone must be at 80. Regardless, there needs to be 2 groups with only 80 players at facilities at time. Two groups are rookies and 2nd year players and then vets. https://t.co/OMgyuMmONz— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2020
The Raiders start the regular season Sept. 13 at the Carolina Panthers. The lead-up to the season is going to be unusual and the season is going to be unusual. But, at least, it appears we will have an NFL season and that’s worth celebrating.