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Steelers players join the NFLPA push for safe working conditions prior to training camp

The hashtag ‘We want to play’ lit up social media on Sunday

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 01 Florida at Vanderbilt Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Members of the Steelers roster have joined forces with the rest of the league in hopes that the NFL figures out a COVID-19 health protocol plan before players are required to attend training camp next week. The NFL and NFLPA have yet to determine any health strategy but yet the league is moving along with its original training camp schedule. It has been reported the NFL has proposed a reduction to only one preseason game.

Rookies will begin reporting to camp, across the league on Tuesday, and as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports, the NFLPA is on the precipice of filing a grievance that could delay when veteran players are expected to report.

NFL players are uniting by using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay across social media, which is a way for players to express they want to be on the field but also so they can express their concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Steelers players including Joe Haden, and Vince Williams have share the message across their own platforms.

Steelers safety, Terrell Edmunds took it one step further and shared what he thinks needs to be addressed before players should be at camp.

Edmunds highlights the lack of an infectious disease plan, protections to athletes with high risk family members, having a full acclimatization period, the number of preseason games, and the penalty to athletes that don't report to camp. Edmunds also retweeted Texans star player J.J. Watt’s message highlighting even more issues that the players want answers too before training camp.

NFL players just want a safe work environment before the season starts, and they want the league to protect them for punishment if they choose to sit out. With the start of training camp just mere hours away something has to give, and it will have to give quickly, but working out these issues may increase the likelihood of a season actually completing.

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