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NFL players take to social media to protest COVID-19 safety measures

NFL players take to social media to protest COVID-19 safety
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A day after NFL owners issued a memo to all 32 teams giving dates for opening training camp during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of players took to social media Sunday morning with the union’s response.

Apparently, there’s more negotiating to be done.

Included in the stream of protest on Twitter was from cornerback Richard Sherman, the 49ers representative for the NFL Players Association.

“The NFL has ignored the safety recommendations from the safety experts that THEY hired,” Sherman tweeted. “We all love this game and we want to go out and tweet with our brothers. the NFL needs to prove a safety work environment for us to do that.”

Twitter was flooded with player response that echoed the same message and included the hashtag #WeWantToPLay.

At issue, according to an NFL Network report, are the number of exhibition games (the union wants zero, teams want two) as well as the rules for players who “opt out” of their contracts and don’t play as well as the frequency of testing for COVID-19.

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General managers and head coaches received a memo from NFL executive vice president of operations Troy Vincent Saturday which announced rookies would report to camp on Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players Thursday and all other players on July 28.

Center Rodney Hudson, the player rep for the Raiders, gave his rebuttal on Instagram and said his wife was “immunocompromised.”

“Not only is the NFL putting player safety at risk but our loved ones,” Hudson wrote. “My wife is immunocompromised and the NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of the experts will not only jeopardize the season but also players and their family’s lives as well. The NFL needs to adjust if we hope to play a full season.”

NFL player responses Saturday morning included Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, players union president J.C. Tretter and many others with a similar theme in messaging.

Other players who tweeted included:

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