NFLPA President Notes "Long List Of Hurdles" Left To Play In '20
Browns C and NFLPA President JC Tretter indicated that the coronavirus "has created too many unknowns to speculate about what football will look like as the year unfolds," according to Nate Ulrich of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Tretter indicated that there is a "'long list of hurdles' that need to be cleared before players will be comfortable returning to work in the traditional sense, let alone playing in games." Tretter: "Coming in contact with other people is a risk of exposure. So that's never going to be down to zero. Our job (at the NFLPA) is to try to get that to as close to zero as possible, and that's why you kind of have to look at everything." He said testing is "going to have to be real important" for the league to move forward with the season. He also "repeatedly stressed the importance of being open to new ideas." Tretter indicated that he believes the league and NFLPA "reaching an agreement about returning to the field is 'still a ways out.'" However, Ulrich noted Tretter "pointed out the two sides have time on their side." Meanwhile, since the pandemic has "changed everyday life, Tretter has been involved with biweekly conference calls the union has held for players and their wives to address" potential concerns (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 5/20).