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NFL, NFLPA agree to CBA changes that’ll allow training camp to start on time

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NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Training Camp Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Friday evening typically serves as a time for bad news dumps in the NFL world but here’s a positive development to kick off your weekend: training camp is set to start on time. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to Collective Bargaining Agreement changes relating to financial, healthy, and safety issues amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

So, what does this mean for the Philadelphia Eagles?

The full team will report to the NovaCare Complex — as previously scheduled — this Tuesday, July 28. The team will NOT begin practicing right away like they usually do. Instead, they will undergo COVID testing while gradually ramping up with what’s essentially a very abbreviated version of OTAs. Actual training camp practices will begin in mid-August.

Training camp practice notes — of which I hope to be providing you with — will be more important than ever this year since preseason games have been officially cancelled. Teams are currently scheduled to go right from practicing to playing actual games when Week 1 fully begins on Sunday, September 13.

One must obviously recognize that this structure is fragile. It remains to be seen what happens if/when COVID outbreak(s) occur. But, for now, the NFL is forging forward. Here’s hoping everything works out!


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