NFL players have utilised social media to voice their concerns over a lack of a player safety plan for scheduled training camps, using the hashtag WeWantToPlay.
In an email sent to all 32 teams on Saturday, the league said rookies will in most cases report on Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players on Thursday and all other players on July 28.
Reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Houston Texans, have been granted permission to have rookies report on Monday because they kick off the season on September 10, three days before other teams are in action.
Even with camps set to open, discussions are ongoing between the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) regarding health and player safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the biggest requests from the NFLPA is for players to be tested for COVID-19 daily, as opposed to every other day.
The NFLPA said on Thursday that 72 players were known to have tested positive, as of July 10.
That led to Sunday’s #WeWantToPlay social media blitz, with prominent players such as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry all commenting on social media.
NFLPA president JC Tretter also tweeted: "What you are seeing today is our guys standing up for each other and for the work their union leadership has done to keep everyone as safe as possible. The NFL needs to listen to our union and adopt the experts' recommendations #wewanttoplay."