Are NFL owners taking players’ health concerns seriously?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambles for a first down during 3rd quarter action as the Seattle Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday

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Watt and Russell Wilson - criticized the league Sunday for its lack of safety protocols as training camps begin to open. Watt were among the big-name players who voiced their concerns on Twitter using the hashtag "We Want To Play". The NFLPA refused and stated they do not want to play preseason games during the pandemic. Watt also pointed to the fact that a "strong and fair" opt-out clause for players at higher risk or with families at higher risk has still eyt to be agreed upon. Several of his teammates expressed their own concerns throughout the day as players from Kansas City and the Houston Texans began reporting for training camp Monday morning.

Wilson was one of the most high-profile players to post a message on Twitter to ask the league to do more to protect players' health and safety on Sunday.

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They want players tested daily for the virus. National Football League team doctors told NFLPA representatives in a conference call Thursday night that they believe it is safe for training camps to open in coronavirus hot spot regions.

Players are lobbying to have a 45-day acclimation period to help prevent injuries, The Associated Press reported, as the league attempts to start its preseason regimen. "There's no finish line with health and safety, and I think these protocol are living, breathing documents, which means they will change as we get new information".

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Watt, a three-time National Football League defensive player of the year, also took to Twitter to highlight a list of issues that need to be addressed before camps open on Tuesday.

According to, the NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent an email on July 18 detailing when players should report to training camp. For most teams, that means rookies are set to report Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players Thursday and remaining veterans July 28. The NFL Players Association has to sign off on the proposal to allow more than 20 players in a building at a time.

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On Wednesday, the NFLPA's executive committee held a conference call with almost 50 of its highest profile players - a call meant to inform the membership on where things stood ahead of training camp, one player on the call told ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

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