In order for NFL teams to be completely ready to conduct training camp in 2020, the NFLPA must approve their Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan (IDER). According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the 12 teams who have been approved.
The NFLPA has approved the infectious Disease Emergency Responses (IDER) of 12 teams as of today, per source: Chiefs, Texans, Dolphins, Ravens, Panthers, Bills, Lions, Bengals, Giants, Jaguars, Steelers, Broncos— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 25, 2020
On Wednesday it has been revealed that eight NFL teams had their plans excepted by the NFLPA. Those teams were the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins. The Steelers are one of four teams who have been added to the list along with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Giants.
IDER plans are set in place so teams have a response should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 within their facility. The plans also appears to include procedures for the safety of all personnel and procedures involved at the facility in order to reduce the spread should someone be unaware they have the disease.
With the NFLPA agreeing to the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement to cover the 2020 season, the final step for every team to begin training camp is to have an approved IDER. With the Steelers now on the approved list, players will be able to report on Tuesday for training camp in order to receive their first COVID-19 test.
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