Packers rookies to report for COVID-19 testing on Thursday

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The Packers’ rookies will report to training camp on Thursday, where they’ll be tested for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the sporting world, and the NFL is now preparing for the 2020 season with many changes to normal.

The Green Bay Packers‘ rookies will finally get a chance to meet their new teammates shortly. According to Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the rookies will report to training camp on Thursday.

Owczarski noted that the rookies arriving on Thursday will be tested for COVID-19.

Initially, the team had planned for rookies to arrive on Tuesday, but this has been pushed back to later in the week. Training camp is expected to begin with the full roster on July 28, which is only a week away.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, each team in the NFL is “approaching camp differently while awaiting guidance from the NFL”.

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans’ rookies reported to training camp on Monday. According to Pelissero, Monday was “literally just a COVID-19 test”. The same was then repeated on Tuesday and players need two negative tests.

We can expect the Packers to take a similar approach, which begins on Thursday when the rookies will arrive in Green Bay to be tested for COVID-19. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed on testing protocols, which will include daily testing for at least the opening two weeks of training camp.

Packers training camp will certainly be different to normal this year. For starters, there will be no fans in attendance. And much like other sporting leagues around the world, we should expect stadiums to remain empty once the regular season begins.

Training camp will begin in the next week or so, and it starts with the rookies arriving in Green Bay this week.