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NFL, NFLPA agree to new set of guidelines


The NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement Friday on a set of guidelines for training camp and the 2020 season necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement reportedly includes training camp beginning as scheduled on Tuesday, no preseason games, rosters being reduced to 80 by Aug. 16 and practice squads expanding to 16.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that training camp will consist of a 20-day ramp-up period and a maximum of 14 padded practices.

"The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Training camps will begin as scheduled.

"We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials. The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl."