We already learned that the 2020 NFL preseason will be cut in half to just two games — the first of what is expected to be many changes to the upcoming season — and now we’re seeing how training camp for the Eagles will be different amid the COVID pandemic.
Geoff Mosher reported that owner Jeff Lurie is having coaches and essential staff return to the Philadelphia area by July 10th in order to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine, before being tested for the virus on July 17th. ESPN’s Tim McManus reported that the rookies and veterans both have later dates to report on, as well as some of the protocols that will be in place during camp:
Protocols for camp include daily COVID tests for all staff entering training facility and mandatory mask-wearing, a source added. Rookies are tentatively scheduled to report around the 21st, vets on the 28th.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 2, 2020
And, in an effort to maintain social distancing, meetings will be held at Lincoln Financial Field, and practices at the NovaCare Complex. The Linc has 4 locker rooms, a couple media rooms, and a lot more space available. Tim McManus further explained that practices will be “heavily restricted in terms of employee attendance”.
Mosher also notes that the first week or two of training camp will be predominantly for walkthroughs, putting the team weeks behind the kind of intensity and physicality camp usually brings.
Things are changing quickly, and while the Eagles and league are starting to put a plan in place for the fall, there’s still plenty of time for modifications to the upcoming season.