NFL Notes: Players To Face Virus Restrictions On, Off Playing Field
ESPN.com's Dan Graziano noted NFLers this season will "participate under a number of coronavirus-related restrictions on the field and off." That could mean "playing in specially designed face masks and potential fines for off-field activities that lead to the spread of the virus." Players also have been "asking what happens to their contracts if they opt not to play for virus-related reasons, what happens if they grow too uncomfortable to play as the season goes on and what happens to next year's salary cap as a result of lost revenue this year." But union officials said that those issues have "yet to be worked out." One source said, "There are questions guys want to get answered before we play" (ESPN.com, 7/2).
FOR THE FANS: PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio cited a source as saying that the NFL "wants to give teams the ability to hold up to two fan events at their stadiums, during training camp." The union is "willing to do it, with limitations." The number of fans would be "restricted (and subject to agreement), and they would be kept distant from players." There would be "no interaction between fans and players, and fans in stadiums would be seated a specific number of rows from the field." Fans also would be "subject to temperature checks and screening for symptoms" (NBCSPORTS.com, 7/4).