On Tuesday, the NFL informed teams that training camps will be held at team facilities, per Tom Pelissero. For ten teams around the league, this will alter regularly scheduled training camp, as they usually practice away from their home facility. However, for the Jaguars, it will be business as usual — the Jags hold training camp practices at their outdoor practice fields or in their indoor facility, both of which are located adjacent TIAA Bank Field.
But this does mean the Jaguars won't be able to hold joint practices with the Buccaneers in Tampa. The two clubs were scheduled to practice against each other for a couple of days before their preseason week two tilt. The Jaguars have regularly participated in joint practices under Doug Marrone's leadership.
The NFL worked with the NFLPA to reach an agreeable next step in regards to player safety heading into training camp.
"We believe that each of these steps will enhance our ability to protect the health and safety of players and your football staffs and are consistent with a sound approach to risk management in the current environment," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the memo.
"The NFLPA was strongly in favor of these two decisions, which were made to limit exposure risks by avoiding the need for clubs to clean and maintain two facilities, by limiting the need for players and club staffs to travel to another location (sometimes located at a considerable distance from the home facility), and by limiting travel and contact between players on different clubs in the context of joint practices. These steps are being taken for the 2020 preseason to address the current conditions and are not expected to be in place in 2021."
It's a positive step in the direction of playing football late this summer and into the fall. But while football is likely, the chances of fans being able to attend training camp practices in 2020, remain minuscule. It's still unclear to what capacity, if any, fans will be able to attend regular-season games.
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