The Green Bay Packers’ rookies had been slated to report to training camp on Tuesday, July 21. But according to a report Monday morning, that won’t be happening. According to Jason Wilde via ESPN Wisconsin, the newest members of the Green Bay Packers won’t be coming to Lambeau Field just yet.
In one sense, this isn’t much of a surprise. The NFL and NFLPA have been hammering out the last details concerning player safety and the structure of the preseason over the past few weeks, and keeping players away from facilities while those last few wrinkles are smoothed over squares with the story so far.
But teams elsewhere in the league have gotten the go-ahead to have players report. The Chiefs and Texans both had the green light to have players in their respective facilities as of Monday. Though worries about any competitive advantage those teams may be gaining by having players available already are probably overblown, it does highlight the difficulty in making things equitable for every team throughout the league as different states open up at different rates during the current stages of the pandemic.
Even amidst the confusion, the NFL and the players’ union continue to work toward a preseason both sides can live with, and we may be getting some more clarity on exactly what that could look like this afternoon. But without an agreement, the Packers’ rookies — and most of the rest of the league — are in a holding pattern.