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Detroit Lions’ infectious disease emergency response approved by NFLPA

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The Lions are one of eight teams to have their IDER plan approved.

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One of many hurdles between the NFL and the NFL Players Association coming to an agreement that would clear players to report to camp is the existence of what is called Infection Disease Emergency Responses (IDER) from each team regarding the coronavirus outbreak. An IDER is basically what it sounds like, a plan in case there is an outbreak within the team. Players need to know that their safety will be taken care of in case COVID-19 finds its way into the locker room.

As of Wednesday, all 32 teams have developed an IDER, had it approved by the NFL and sent it along to the NFLPA for further approval. So far, just eight have been accepted, while the others remain under review. The Detroit Lions just so happen to be one of the eight teams that have been approved, according to the NFLPA:

Lions rookies were initially expected to report on Tuesday this week, but it’s unclear as to what the new timeline for the team is. That being said, it appears the first few weeks of training camp will consist of daily COVID-19 testing and a slow ramp-up of conditioning before the pads even go on.