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Cheese Curds, 8/3: Packers still finalizing plans for COVID-impacted training camp

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Green Bay and its coaching staff has about two weeks before practice will begin, and there are still some items to finalize before that happens.

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NFL: JUL 27 Packers Training Camp Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Two weeks from now, NFL teams will actually be taking the field and starting to practice in preparation for the 2020 season. Those practices will mark the first time that a team takes a football field together since the Super Bowl — remember, what feels like about eight years ago? — and both players and coaches seem to be looking forward to that day.

To get there, however, the NFL has instituted a significant COVID-19 testing protocol, one that has resulted in numerous positive tests all across the league. The Green Bay Packers are no different, with four players landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list to start training camp.

In today’s curds, we continue to discuss that topic, which has justifiably dominated every news cycle for the last five months. We’ll look at a discussion of the new protocols from the Packers president, an examination of what the players on the reserve list need to do to return to active status, an idea about keeping the team’s quarterbacks healthy and separated from the rest of the team, and much more.

Finally, check the bottom of today’s curds post for an important announcement about the comments section here at APC and across SB Nation.

MT5: Comprehensive testing key to successful season for NFL |
Mark Murphy's monthly Q&A starts out with a discussion of coronavirus protocols around the league. According to Murphy, the NFL included language in their deal with the NFLPA that allows for players to be fined if they are deemed to have participated in reckless behavior that likely led to a positive test for COVID-19.

What’s next for three Packers added to reserve/COVID-19 list? – The Athletic
Among the four players on the Packers' COVID list right now are Mason Crosby and Jace Sternberger, two key players for the 2020 team. Here is a breakdown of what they must do to return to active status, which includes a combination of a delay time and negative tests.

Keeping Aaron Rodgers healthy and making Lambeau 'the safest place in Green Bay' - ESPN
One of the most revelatory moments from Matt LaFleur's press conference on Sunday was his acknowledgement that the team is considering quarantining the quarterbacks or at least having a single "emergency QB." The decision is not final yet, but it's under discussion.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19 | USA Today
The former Packers QB has a positive test, and will have to quarantine from his team. This is the first head coach to test positive since Sean Payton did so back in March.

Green Bay Packers confident their young WR group can take 'next step' |
Equanimeous St. Brown's expected return will take on added importance now that Devin Funchess has opted out of the 2020 season.

Hungry squirrel steals slice of pizza from customer’s contactless delivery | Click 2 Houston
If you're going to order GrubHub, make sure you pick it up off your porch or front step immediately so furry thieves don't have a chance to get to it first.

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