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Giants reporting to training camp Thursday despite uncertain NFL health, safety protocols

Daniel Jones. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants rookies and quarterbacks will report to training camp this Thursday, as first reported by ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan on Sunday morning. 

The decision comes one day after the NFL sent out a league-wide memo on Saturday disclosing that teams can open their facilities to rookies on Tuesday before quarterbacks and injured players could arrive on July 23.

All other players can arrive on July 28. 

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, who will open up the regular season on Sept. 10, will be allowed to report to their respective camps on Monday.

This year, Giants camp will be held at MetLife Stadium rather than Quest Diagnostics Training Center, also in East Rutherford, NJ, to ensure proper social-distancing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Players arriving at the stadium will be tasked with undergoing an acclimation period that will take “at least several days,’ per Ranaan, to ensure the health and safety of all involved. 

Training camp received the green light even though the NFL’s preseason schedule is still very much in the air. 

Normally playing four exhibition games per season in the summer, the NFL has already been forced to cancel the first two weeks of the preseason as a majority of the country continues dealing with coronavirus spikes. 

The league and the NFL Players’ Association have yet to agree on health, safety, which has the players’ union pushing to cancel all remaining preseason games.

The lack of a resolution also puts the players in an uncomfortable position should the negotiating stalemate continue. They’ll either have to report to camp without knowing how they’ll be kept safe or face league discipline, which sets up the chance of the players filing a grievance.

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