NFL clears ‘modified circumstances’ withdrawal after Thursday


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The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed that players will have the option to opt out of the 2020 season until Thursday, August 6 at 4 p.m. ET. After that, players can only opt out under limited circumstances.

According to the document outlining the final withdrawal procedures, of which the PFT has obtained a copy, a player can withdraw after August 6 if they are re-diagnosed with one of the “higher risk” factors. . If this happens, the player will have a week after receiving the new diagnosis to opt out.

Additionally, if a player kills a family member or is hospitalized due to COVID-19 after August 6, then the player will be eligible to opt out.

Beyond these two categories, players cannot withdraw after August 6. Technically, they can still retire and retire; however, some players may have to reimburse teams for unearned signing bonus payments.

Ideally, players would have two more limited windows to decide to opt out: (1) after the start of padded practices; and (2) after the start of the games. This is when all players will have the chance to see if they feel safe and comfortable playing 11v11 soccer in a pandemic, and this is why they should all be given opportunities. additional to enjoy.


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