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NFL advises teams that training camp is still set to open on time

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks-Training Camp Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hours after the Pro Football Hall of Fame officially canceled the annual game in Canton and postponed enshrinement ceremonies until 2021, the NFL advised its teams on a conference call that training camp remains on course to open on time for all 32 teams.

League executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash also informed teams that rookies and “select players” will be permitted to report early, after rookie minicamps and OTAs were canceled in the spring. Following reports from the conference call, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added that issues relating to the preseason schedule are still to be worked out.

As it stands, the Seahawks are scheduled to begin their preseason schedule on August 13. Training camps are permitted to open two weeks before a team’s first preseason game, meaning Seattle should report on July 30. However, should the preseason schedule be altered, so too could report dates for camp.

Also on Thursday, the NFL owners voted to confirm what was reported Wednesday as in the plans for 2020: the first several rows in stadiums will be blocked off this season, in order to help distance teams and fans.

Certainly more information to come, as the NFL continues to make plans for a season amid the coronavirus pandemic.