NFLPA wants daily test­ing

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS WIRE | BY THE NUMBERS - Ja­son Lieser

The NFL and NFLPA dis­agree on nu­mer­ous is­sues with a lit­tle over a week un­til train­ing camp starts. There are un­re­solved fi­nan­cial dis­agree­ments, but the union seems more con­cerned about how play­ers will stay safe amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The union wants play­ers tested daily, while the league has pushed for fewer tests.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor DeMaurice Smith also railed against play­ing pre­sea­son games and warned that play­ers likely won’t be in foot­ball shape if they re­port July 28 as planned and will need a “ramp-up” pe­riod be­fore ac­tual prac­tices.

De­spite that, Smith said no play­ers have for­mally opted out of the sea­son.

The league and union also must nav­i­gate a pro­jected mas­sive rev­enue loss. If they dras­ti­cally lower the salary cap for 2021, many play­ers will be at risk of be­ing cut.

Ben­gals re­ceiver A.J. Green signed his oneyear, $18.2 mil­lion fran­chise tag.

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