NFL tells teams to hold training camps at home

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea during an NFL football training camp practice Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP FILE PHOTO)

All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their homes this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Carolina, Washington, and the Los Angeles Rams are among those who organize parts of the training camp elsewhere.

“ The league’s decision was made based on the medical assessment of current risk factors and taking into account the health and safety of players and football staff, ” the Colts said in a news release.

Goodell also did not order joint practices for teams, something that has become increasingly popular over the summer.

“ We believe that each of these steps will enhance our ability to protect the health and safety of players and your football staff and is consistent with a sound approach to risk management in the current environment, ” said Goodell in the memo. teams was sent.

The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled for the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on August 6, and will be the first two teams to report in late July. Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California and Pittsburgh in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The Cowboys never kept their entire preseason at home. The Steelers trained for more than half a century at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

The league has canceled all in-person training at team facilities, which has only begun to open on a limited basis in the past two weeks. No coaches or players other than those undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation are allowed in these facilities.

Soon, the NFL hopes club complexes are fully open, but under strict medical guidelines, including social distance protocols.

One team in a kind of limbo: the Raiders. Their move to Las Vegas is, of course, complicated by the pandemic. They worked from their Oakland area in Alameda and planned to hold a training camp in Napa as usual, about an hour north of the Bay Area. But they could decide to move it to their new facility in Henderson, Nevada.

The bills have gone to St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, New York since 2000, although they have shortened the time spent in camp for the past few years under coach Sean McDermott.

The Bills expanded the exercise facilities at and around their headquarters and last year unveiled a new training facility / weight room with state-of-the-art equipment that will cost approximately $ 18 million in addition to their headquarters.

Carolina has spent all 25 previous training camps at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, about 90 minutes from Charlotte. Wofford was the former owner of Jerry Richardson, alma mater.

A team that usually traveled for a training camp, the Bears, previously announced they would not be attending Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where they would be spending the past 18 years.