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‘Let’s play football’: NFLPA approves start of training camps, 80-man rosters by August 16, more

Jul 24, 2020 at 12:22 PM--

Update: The NFLPA player representatives voted and approved the NFL's proposal, which included the items reported below, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The NFL is moving forward with its plan to prepare for and begin the 2020 season.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) announced today that the union had agreed unanimously to recommend the proposed changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2020, as the league tries to push forward with the season amidst a pandemic.

Training camps are expected to begin, as planned, on Tuesday, July 28, according to NFL Network.

San Francisco 49ers rookies, quarterbacks, and rehabbing players reported to the team's Santa Clara facility on Thursday for their first round of COVID-19 testing. They will undergo another test on Sunday, and the rest of the roster will start the same process on Tuesday.

Several updates, including salary implications, are being reported.

The players union has approved the proposal to reduce rosters to 80 players, but NFL teams will have until August 16 to do so. Whether it happens now or later, only 80 players—split into two groups—will be allowed into team facilities at once.

Current rosters are set at 90 players, which means teams have to decide now which players to cut.

It was reported earlier today that the $198.2 million salary cap for this season would not be reduced. NFL owners were pushing for a reduction to this and next year's cap number. The NFLPA wanted the impact of lost revenue to be spread out through 2030. Instead, it will be spread out over the next four years, with next year's figure potentially dropping to at least $175 million, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

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