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Seahawks’ infectious disease emergency response plan approved by the NFLPA

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

The Seahawks are inching closer to returning to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and beginning training camp.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Seattle, as well as the other six remaining teams, had their infectious disease emergency response plan approved by the NFLPA on Wednesday.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, told Rapoport that teams’ IDER plans are crucial to enhancing the safety of everyone around the team:

I am very proud of the innovation and attention to detail that our club medical staffs have shown as they have created these plans, which were reviewed and approved by the league, the NFLPA and our infectious disease experts. Our teams have looked at all aspects of their operations through the lens of risk mitigation, and have made significant changes all around which will enhance the safety of the environment for all players, coaches and staff.

Without an approved infectious disease emergency response plan, teams were limited to no more than 20 players in team facilities, as required by the NFLPA. Now, all 32 teams have been approved by the NFLPA and are free to have players report for training camp as required.