Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt Wants NFL Players to Play Football
Texans star J.J. Watt posted a list on Twitter consisting of thoughts that NFL players are having prior to the start of opening training camps.
The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to play their first game of the 2020 season on September 10th. Players will need to visit their camps to get tested for COVID-19, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Watt stated in his twitter post: "We want to play" and had NFL Players Association phone calls with various players within the last week or two. Even though Watt encourages players to resume football season, he wants everyone to be safe.
According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, the NFL Players Association's (NFLPA) counterproposal was responded by the NFL and there is a huge discussion about COVID-19 being considered as a reasonable injury. Players who are considered to have non-football injuries will not be paid from their teams.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the requests in the players' proposal are players with at-risk families and at-risk players. There is a $250,000 stipend if players participate in camp, but the amount might rise up to $500,000 depending on the status of the season.
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) wants to take extra caution and not have any preseason games for 2020. According to ESPN'S Jeremy Fowler, the NFL wants to have some preseason matchups and have players not be tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis.
According to Dan Graziano, the counterproposals and proposals tend to change every couple of hours, so there is no final decision. There have been heated exchanges within the last week or two, but hopefully both sides will come up with a solution soon.