“If the NFL is able to conduct a 2020 season, players will participate under a number of coronavirus-related restrictions on the field and off. That could mean playing in specially designed face masks and potential fines for off-field activities that lead to the spread of the virus.
The National Football League Players Association conducted a two-hour conference call Thursday with team player reps and NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer, and the call centered on the protocols the league and the union have been discussing to allow players to participate in training camp and the regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players were told that the chances of conducting a season around the virus will depend on the success of their testing and contact-tracing program and were given details about what they could expect and what would be expected of them.
One source told ESPN that players on the call were told that they could be fined for conduct detrimental if they are found to have engaged in ‘reckless’ behavior away from the team facility, such as eating out in restaurants and using ride-sharing services. They also were updated on the progress league and union medical personnel are making on protective face shields that could be worn while playing, practicing, working out and moving around team facilities, though sources who were on the call said the players are pushing back against those face shields for various reasons, including concerns about how it might affect their vision and their breathing.”