Teams are about to start preparing for yet another NFL season. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI more than five months ago. But the NFL’s return is finally drawing near. The 32 NFL teams’ training camps will take the place of the long summer days with little in the way of football news. We’ve got you covered with the essential details and modifications to the COVID-19 rules since the previous season.
What happens at NFL training camps?
The preseason preparations for NFL teams include everything you might anticipate: Drills, team meetings, weight training, and scrimmages. In “joint practices,” some teams practice against one another while occasionally engaging in a skirmish or two.
The league’s collective bargaining agreement places restrictions on the first seven days of each camp. Days 1 through 3 are “zero contact” days, whereas Days 4 and 5 allow for full speed running while wearing helmets and minimal practice gear. Day 6 is a required day of relaxation, and Day 7 is a day for athletes to participate in fully protected practices. The teams can then put their own schedules into action.
Some teams allow fans to go, watch, and get a look of the players in action during open practices. Then, in order to prevent particular plans, lineups, and tactics from being revealed to the public, there are some sessions that are only open to media representatives and others that are entirely secret and just for team members.
A COVID-19 update
The majority, if not all, of these practices were place without any spectators in attendance during the first year of the pandemic. For the past two years, the NFL, like the rest of the nation, has managed to function in the midst of a pandemic. However, in March, the NFL made a step toward normalcy when it decided, in collaboration with the players union, to cease several COVID-19 measures.
The following are a some of the adjustments, according to NFL.com:
Regardless of vaccination status, players or staff will no longer be required to submit to surveillance tests.
Electronic tracking devices are no longer required to be worn by employees or players.
Masks or other face coverings are not required for players or employees, although state and municipal laws may have different regulations. Teams may impose a mask requirement “if they elect to do so,” as well.
Even if someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they must pass a negative test in order to enter any team facilities. They must isolate for a minimum of five days if the test is positive.
With the rise of the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, which is now responsible for 65 percent of COVID cases in the United States, the NFL has not yet revised any of these changes prior to the start of training camp. However, the NFL stated in the same memo that it “will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, as well as local, state, and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community.”
When will the NFL reduce its roster for 2022?
The start of training camp varies among teams in the NFL. All players should report between mid- and late-July, though some teams require that rookies come earlier than veterans. On July 19, some rookies will begin reporting.
The NFL now permits teams to begin training camp with 90 players on their active rosters, but they must eventually trim that number down to the 53 players who will remain with the team throughout the season.
Every week of the preseason is followed by roster cutdown dates, which are mentioned below:
August 16: Teams must limit their active rosters to 85 players by 4:00 p.m. ET.
August 23: Teams must limit their active rosters to 80 players by 4:00 p.m. ET.
August 30: Teams must limit their active rosters to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. ET.
the preseason schedule
Every team participates in three preseason games, with the exception of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders, who will play four as they open the preseason with the Hall of Fame Game. The schedules for each team are listed below.
Times are all Eastern.
Cardinals of Arizona
7:30 p.m. on August 12 at Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens on August 21 at 8:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on August 27 at Tennessee Titans
Falcons of Atlanta
6:00 p.m. on August 12 at the Detroit Lions
8:00 p.m. on August 22 at New York Jets
27th of August, 3:00 PM, Jacksonville Jaguars
11, at 7:30 p.m., against the Tennessee Titans
8:00 p.m. on August 21 at Arizona Cardinals
Washington Commanders on August 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Bills of Buffalo
Indianapolis Colts on August 13 at 4:00 p.m.
20th of August, Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on August 26 at Carolina Panthers
Panthers of Carolina
13th of August @ 1pm at Washington Commanders
On August 19, at 7:00 p.m. in New England, and on August 26, at Buffalo Bills,
Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Aug. 13, 1:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. on August 18 at Seattle Seahawks
7:00 p.m. on August 27 at Cleveland Browns
Arizona Cardinals on August 12 at 7:30 p.m.
August 21 at New York Giants at 7:00 p.m.; August 27 at Los Angeles Rams at 6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on August 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars
21st of August, 1:00 PM, Philadelphia Eagles
27th of August, 7:00 PM, Chicago Bears
9 p.m. on August 13 at Denver Broncos
10 p.m. on August 20 at Los Angeles Chargers
26th of August, 8:00 p.m., Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys on August 13 at 9:00 p.m.; Buffalo Bills on August 20 at 1:00 p.m.; and Minnesota Vikings on August 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons, August 12, 6:00 p.m.; Indianapolis Colts vs. Atlanta Colts, August 20, 1:00 p.m.
28th of August, 4:30 PM, Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots
August 12 at San Francisco 49ers at 8:30 p.m. August 19 at New Orleans Saints at 8:00 p.m. August 25 at Kansas City Chiefs at 8:00 p.m.
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints, August 13, 8:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m. on August 19 at Los Angeles Rams
25th of August, 8:15 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Colts of Indianapolis
13th of August, 4:00 PM, Buffalo Bills
20th of August, 1pm vs. Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Jaguars of Jacksonville
Hall of Fame Game, Aug. 4, 8:00 p.m. at Las Vegas Raiders; Cleveland Browns, Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m.
20th of August, 7:00 PM, Pittsburgh Steelers
3:00 p.m. on August 27 at Atlanta Falcons
13th of August, at 1pm, Chicago Bears
Washington Commanders on August 20 at 4:00 p.m.
25th of August, 8:00 p.m., Green Bay Packers
vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 4 at 8:00 p.m. (Hall of Fame Game)
4:25 p.m. on August 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings
7:00 p.m. on August 20 at Miami Dolphins
Versus. New England Patriots on August 26 at 8:15 p.m.
Chargers of Los Angeles
10 p.m. on August 13 against the Los Angeles Rams
10 p.m. on August 20 against the Dallas Cowboys
26th of August, 8:00 PM, New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers against. Los Angeles Rams, August 13, ten o’clock
vs. the Houston Texans on August 19 at 10:00 p.m.; Cincinnati Bengals on August 27 at 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. on August 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20th August, 7:00 PM, Las Vegas Raiders
27th of August, 7:00 PM, Philadelphia Eagles
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings, Aug. 14, 4:25 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers on August 20 at 7:00 p.m.
9 p.m. on August 27 at Denver Broncos
August 11 @ 7:00 p.m., New England Patriots vs. New York Giants
August 19 at 7:00 p.m. against the Carolina Panthers
8:15 p.m. on August 26 at Las Vegas Raiders
St. Louis Saints
At Houston Texans on August 13, at Green Bay Packers on August 19, and against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 26, all at 8:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m., August 11 against the New England Patriots; 7:00 p.m., August 21 against the Cincinnati Bengals
28th of August, 1pm, New York Jets
New York Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles on August 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Atlanta Falcons on August 22 at 8:00 p.m., and the New York Giants on August 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles play the New York Jets on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Browns host the Miami Dolphins on August 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers, August 13, 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on August 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions on August 28 at 4:30 p.m.
49ers of San Francisco
8 p.m. on August 12 against the Green Bay Packers
7:00 p.m. on August 20 at Minnesota Vikings
8:15 p.m. on August 25 at Houston Vikings
Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, August 13, 7:00 p.m.; Chicago Bears vs. Chicago Bears, August 18, 8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. on August 26 at Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on August 20 at Tennessee Titans
7:30 p.m. on August 27 at Indianapolis Colts
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals on August 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Carolina Panthers at Washington Commanders, August 13, 1:00 p.m.
the Baltimore Ravens play the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:00 p.m. on August 20.
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