Report: NFL training camps to begin as soon as players return to team facilities

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By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

NFL training camp is expected to begin across the league as soon as players are allowed to return to team facilities, according to a new report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

There is no official announcement or set start date for NFL training camp, per Schefter. Based on internal memos from commissioner Roger Goodell, teams will not be able to reopen their facilities until all 32 are allowed to do so in accordance with state and local regulations.

Mass. governor Charlie Baker announced last week that Boston teams like the Bruins and Celtics will be allowed to return to their facilities for practice starting Saturday, June 6. Foxboro is following the same guidelines for Baker's four-phase reopening plan that Baker unveiled for the state last month.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, teams will only be able to conduct training camps at their own facilities unless it's "not feasible." In addition, joint practices aren't permitted. The Patriots in the past have held joint practices with two of their 2020 preseason opponents, the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL training camp is expected to begin as soon as players are allowed to return to facilities.
NFL training camp is expected to begin as soon as players are allowed to return to facilities.

Players who were undergoing treatment at the time the NFL closed team facilities have already been allowed to return. Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty told reporters in a Zoom conference last week that he's been one of those players rehabbing at Gillette Stadium.

"I’m one of the few guys that had an offseason injury that allows me to be in the building, so I’ve been able to still go about all my rehab and my things that I typically would do in the offseason," said McCourty, who underwent groin surgery earlier in the offseason. "Obviously, it’s different because it’s not the same not having everybody there. Obviously, we’re not doing OTAs, so we’re not practicing, but staying in shape for me has been relatively normal this offseason."

The Schefter report means that teams will have to adjust to an offseason without OTAs or rookie minicamps. As of Wednesday, the NFL is still expected to start on schedule in the fall. The Patriots' 2020 schedule kicks off Sept. 13 at home against the Miami Dolphins.

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