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Doubts, concerns grow over timing, viability of Dolphins camp as Covid-19 cases surge

Adam H. Beasley, Miami Herald on

Published in Football

After more than five months away, a return to football is imminent.

Probably.

Next week, nearly two-dozen Miami Dolphins rookies are set to report to team headquarters for the start of their NFL careers.

They will move into the team hotel, start attending meetings and resume conditioning work. And they'll theoretically do all that in the global epicenter of the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

But that plan should be written in pencil, not ink, according to conversations with four informed league sources.

The Dolphins have communicated with their players that "everything is up in the air," according to a source familiar with the situation, and that the team "could see things getting pushed back."

 

Another plugged-in source told the Miami Herald the full start of camp is still on for July 28, but "that could literally pivot on a dime. I think we get a hard answer this week."

Officially, the NFL still plans to begin its regular season on Sept. 10, with the Dolphins scheduled to visit the New England Patriots three days later.

And NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Herald Monday that "there's no change to our approach" to training camp.

"As we have stated since the pandemic began, our primary focus is on the health and safety of the public, the players and team personnel," McCarthy said. "We continue to work with the NFL Players Association and our joint medical advisors to mitigate the health risk to everyone associated with the NFL.

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