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NFLPA says 72 players tested positive for COVID-19

By Sports Desk July 16, 2020

The NFL Players Association announced results of partial coronavirus testing among its members on Thursday, saying 72 players were known to have tested positive as of July 10. 

That number would equate to approximately 2.5 per cent of players presently on NFL rosters, though it did not indicate how many players' test results have been accounted for. 

The union also posted an overview map of COVID-19 cases throughout the United States as part of a database available to players and the public on its website, with the metropolitan areas of all 32 NFL teams highlighted within the graph. The map listed Miami as the city with the largest concentration of COVID-19 cases, followed by the Phoenix area, Jacksonville, Tampa and Nashville. 

The Northeast and New England regions showed the lowest number of COVID-19 cases within the last two weeks, with the Boston area having the lowest percentage followed by New York/New Jersey, Buffalo, Detroit and Philadelphia. 

Training camps are scheduled to begin in less than two weeks and the league and the union are still in the process of agreeing on health and safety protocols pertaining to the upcoming season, which the NFL has continually maintained it intends to hold under a full 16-game schedule. 

According to NFL.com, the league issued a counter-proposal to the union on Tuesday that called for a two-game preseason and did not include daily player testing. The report added that owners are scheduled to hold a conference call on Friday to further discuss the ongoing negotiations. 

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