The NFL has put an end to teams holding joint practices during training camp this summer.
According to NFL.com, which quoted the memo sent to all 32 teams by NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell:
“We believe that each of these steps will enhance our ability to protect the health and safety of players and your football staffs and are consistent with a sound approach to risk management in the current environment.
“The NFLPA was strongly in favor of these two decisions, which were made to limit exposure risks by avoiding the need for clubs to clean and maintain two facilities, by limiting the need for players and club staffs to travel to another location (sometimes located at a considerable distance from the home facility), and by limiting travel and contact between players on different clubs in the context of joint practices. These steps are being taken for the 2020 preseason to address the current conditions and are not expected to be in place in 2021.”
Today’s decision puts the kibosh on the Cleveland Browns plans to reportedly hold joint practices with the Green Bay Packers this year.
The decision to not travel for training camp impacts nine teams - the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears - but not the Browns, who hold training camp at their main facility in Berea.
That does, however, temporarily put on hold any thought of the Browns moving part of training camp to Columbus, which is an annual cause of agita for Browns fans.