We are now under two weeks away from the (current) start of training camp. For some teams, rookies are scheduled to report as early as this Saturday. With that in mind, the NFL Players Association released a bunch of data about the COVID-19 outbreak both across the United States and within the league itself.
The website also offers state-by-state tracking, resources and information for players and a reminder that their medical advice is to forego any independent practices with other players.
As for how it relates to the Detroit Lions and Michigan, this graph shows how Michigan is currently doing much better than in other parts of the country:
The NFLPA has released a heat map of COVID-19 in all 32 NFL markets. pic.twitter.com/K6uM0FGxBr— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) July 16, 2020
As far as how Allen Park (where the Lions facility is) and Detroit are doing, they have that data, too:
Here's what the Lions' section of the NFLPA's Covid-19 dashboard looks like: pic.twitter.com/6UJx6iBibv— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) July 16, 2020
Despite all this data, it still sounds like the NFL and NFLPA are not quite on the same page as each other. JJ Watt tweeted a scathing statement on Thursday, noting that the players still “have not received a single valid IDER plan (Infections Disease Emergency Response).” They have no idea if preseason games will be played. They don’t know if they’ll be tested daily, or semi-daily, nor how a positive test would impact their current contracts.
There’s a lot still up in the air, and time is running out.
- More Barry Sanders birthday stuff:
Happy 52nd birthday to Barry Sanders!— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 16, 2020
Barry had a MONSTER career
• 10× Pro Bowl
• 10x All Pro
• NFL MVP
• 4× Rushing Yards Leader
• NFL Rookie of the Year
• NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
• Detroit Lions No. 20 retired
• Pro Football HOF pic.twitter.com/Gf4mlHg1OX
- Erik Schlitt projected the kind of deal that Kenny Golladay may get in the next month or two.
- The NFL and New Era released sideline hats for each team this week. What do you think of the Lions’ version?
Here’s the Lions 2020 sideline hat. Not totally sure how to feel about it. Kinda like it. Kinda don’t. pic.twitter.com/4OqZpElHhZ— Mike Payton (@POD_Payton) July 15, 2020
- Marvin Hall had an explosive 2019 season with the Lions. The Athletic’s Chris Burke wonders if he can do it again in 2020—but with an increased workload.
- Good job, Joe Dahl:
Joe Dahl finding work and melting a person into the ground. Good, clean fun. pic.twitter.com/770uLHSU8g— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) July 15, 2020
- The story about Washington’s franchise that was teased for 24 hours dropped on Thursday afternoon. Read about the 15 women who accused people within the Washington organization of sexual harassment and verbal abuse here.