Saturday morning, the NFL sent a memo to teams noting that the reporting dates for training camp will continue as planned.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, NFL players and clubs must open training camp 47 days before their first regular season game. For the Detroit Lions—who are currently scheduled to open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Chicago Bears on September 13—that date is July 28.
Of course, everything is still very subject to change while the NFL and the Players Association continue to negotiate terms relating to the global pandemic. There are plenty of issues still under negotiation, including the number of preseason games, how long the ramp-up period of training camp will be, player designation if they test positive for COVID-19 and many, many other issues.
But, for now, the league is still pushing forward expecting to start training camp on time, and, presumably, the regular season as well.
That means Lions rookies will be required to report to camp next week. Here are the important dates to know, per the NFL memo on Saturday:
- Rookies report to camp - July 21
- Quarterbacks and injured players report - July 23
- Everyone else reports: July 28