Without a preseason, the Steelers and all National Football League teams are going to have to play it safe and go with what they know when it comes to depth on their rosters. The decision came after the association took a vote and unanimously decided the league skip the all preseason games.
The NFL sought to cut the 2020 preseason in half, from four games to two games, and create a 23-day acclimatization period in training camp to account for the likelihood that players will report to training camp less prepared for football after an entirely virtual offseason program.
"We don't want to merely return to work and have the season shut down before we even get started", Tretter wrote. One of the unresolved health and safety issues is the use of face shields on players' helmets.
So, teams will be gathering together for the first time when training camps open this month. But the union declined.
If fans are allowed to attend games this fall, they might have to sign a COVID waiver, according to a report from The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan.
Several other National Football League players, including Bears wideout Allen Robinson, Chargers safety Derwin James and Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang, added their opinions.
The four people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and the union haven't reached an agreement. In fact, they are pushing for no preseason games at all.
Thomas is likely more skeptical of whether a season can get off the ground while addressing players' health concerns than he's anxious about whether it'll be a profitable season. "Making decisions outside that lens is both risky and irresponsible". The league's engineers and sports equipment company tested prototypes for the masks but players shot it down.