NFL News and Notes: 49ers Reach Agreement On Training Camp

The San Francisco 49ers will be able to open their training camp in their usual spot in Santa Clara after reaching an agreement with Santa Clara County. Camp will start on Thursday, so the agreement came in just in time.

The first players will report Thursday and receive testing. They will then quarantine until Sunday as the results of the tests may take two days.

Veterans and the rest of the team will report on July 28, then will go through a similar process. Every player will be tested on days five through 12 of training camp.

The 49ers intend to be a leader and have players wear masks and social distance. California has an extremely high number of cases, so many restrictions are still in place in the area.

Fifty-nine Players Test Positive for COVID-19

The NFL has adjusted the number on its website, lowering the league-wide positive tests for the coronavirus to 59. The original number was almost 100, but the number was lowered. It is assumed that was the total positives from all personnel and not just players.

Zimmer Signs Extension

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has signed an extension to stay with the team. Zimmer has coached the team for six seasons and has compiled a record of 57-38-1. The Vikings have made the playoffs in three of Zimmer’s six seasons.

Fans Will Have to Wear Masks

The NFL has announced that fans will be required to wear masks if they are allowed to attend NFL games. Most teams have announced that attendance will be limited to 15 to 20 percent of the normal capacity if fans are allowed at all.

Officials Will Not Be on Field for Preseason Games

If preseason games are played — which seems more and more unlikely — officials will be doing it from monitors or other places in the stadium. The league has said the officials will not be on the field with the players until Week 1 of the regular season.

I would actually like the league to try officials from other locations. The game is so fast, and a lot of calls are missed from not being in position on the field. A hybrid setup with a couple of people on the field to communicate with players and coaches, with the rest in the stadium and on monitors, could be more effective.

Officials are under even more scrutiny with big missed calls in playoff games. The game has become so fast that I think an eye in the sky might be a better use of resources.

It is looking more and more likely that the preseason will be canceled due to the coronavirus. If that is the case, the league plans on the traditional setup of officials on the field for the regular season.

Usually, teams hire officials for scrimmages, but that is very doubtful for the 2020 NFL season.

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