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Player concerns over COVID-19 safety protocols cast pall over start of 2020 season

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Players are starting to get nervous.

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Can you feel the excitement? Broncos training camp starts starts this week!

...unless it doesn’t.

What is traditionally a time of fanfare and optimism (Mark Sanchez is the future, y’all!), was brought into swift perspective Sunday with a coordinated Twitter effort by some of the league’s biggest names to share their frustration with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Sports fans watched as College Basketball, the NBA, MLB, and others suspended or canceled their 2020 season last March. There was an assumption that because football season was so far away that NFL was in the best position of all sports to devise a plan to protect players and still play ball.

It’s becoming rapidly apparent that either that just wasn’t true or that the NFL squandered the gift of all that time to plan.

With rookies reporting on Tuesday, there is a major divide between the players, coaches, and the league with regard to safely practicing and playing 2020.

Well, this is just great.

The NFL and players had four months to work through these issues and here we are on the eve of rookies reporting and it looks like it might just all unravel right before our very eyes. Players are not happy.

...and yes, even some Denver Broncos expressed concerns.

As fans, how can we not find this incredibly irritating? I can’t hit this point enough, but with four months to plan and come to an player safety agreement, how is it even remotely possible that just days before the first players are to report the league is all but silent and the players are on the verge of a full-blown mutiny?

This article will be updated throughout the day as news develops.

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