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NFL bans jersey swaps in latest round of health measures for 2020 season

NFL bans jersey swaps in latest round of health measures for 2020 season

The NFL sent a list of game-day protocols for the 2020 season to all 30 teams Wednesday night that included a ban of postgame jersey swaps and restricting media from entering the locker room, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday.

With training camps expected to begin at the end of July, the NFL and players union have been discussing health and safety protocols for putting on a season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Talks have been reportedly slowing down due to disagreements over factors such as the length of the preseason—including holding one at all—and how often players are tested.

As San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman showed on Twitter, not all players are on board with Wednesday’s restrictions.

For players who still want to find ways to swap jerseys, they make have to take a page out of rookie pass rusher Chase Young’s book. Young swapped jerseys with fellow DeMatha Catholic High School alumnus Paul Rabil, who plays in the Premier Lacrosse League. The two stars reconnected over Twitter and mailed their jerseys to each other.

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Washington DC Jack Del Rio keeps opinion on Caleb Brantley opting out to himself

Washington DC Jack Del Rio keeps opinion on Caleb Brantley opting out to himself

The Washington Football Team has seen two players decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to concerns playing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the first player to opt-out. Brantley was deemed high-risk and will earn a stipend of $350,000. On Monday, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons announced his decision to skip the 2020 season, citing the health of his two sons that have asthma.

In an exclusive interview with Ben Standig of The Athletic, Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was asked his opinion about Brantley's decision to opt-out (the interview was conducted before Harvey-Clemons announced his decision). Del Rio's answer speaks for itself.

"I have personal views that would probably not sit well with my professional occupation right now," Del Rio told Standig. "I think I’ll just leave it like that."

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While Del Rio declined to explain his personal opinion on the matter, a recent tweet from the defensive coordinator perhaps gives a clue of his thoughts.

"I think most players understand the risk of playing the game of football," Del Rio tweeted on June 23. "The priority is not trying to be perfectly safe .....if so perhaps you should never drive your car."

On the bright side for Del Rio, no defensive starters have decided to opt-out for Washington yet. At the most, both Brantley and Harvey-Clemons were expected to provide depth at their respective positions, but neither were locks to make the roster, either.

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Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed's first 329 receptions in the NFL came with Washington. Number 330, though, is likely going to happen out west.

Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the tight end is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers that is "incentive-laden." In that report, Schefter noted that Reed is currently healthy.

The 30-year-old didn't play at all for Washington in 2019 after suffering his latest concussion in a preseason collision. All kinds of injuries have plagued Reed as a pro, but it's the head trauma that is most worrisome. He has remained committed to staying in the league, however, and is slated to now do so with one of the sport's top contenders.

Reed will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, his old offensive coordinator, and Trent Williams, a longtime ex-teammate, with the Niners. The thought of him pairing up with George Kittle is frightening, as long as Reed can get right and return to somewhere that's even close to his usual form.

Reed was having a stellar training camp last summer before suffering that concussion in Atlanta. It's going to be nerve-racking watching him take hits again for San Fran — it has been nerve-racking for years now, in fact — but he believes he still has more to offer and the NFC West franchise clearly does as well.

Washington is scheduled to visit the 49ers this December. 

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