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Locker rooms are petri dishes. Can the NFL clean up before training camp?


By Ken Belson


In this most unusual offseason roiled by the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL has adapted by conducting business (mostly) as usual. Free agency, the college draft, rookie camp and voluntary workouts were all held on time, albeit remotely instead of in person.


The league may have a harder time sticking to its plan to open training camps at their usual time in late July. While the NFL and the NFL Players Association have created guidelines that let coaches and team staff return to their offices, they have yet to figure out how several thousand players can attend training camps safely even as confirmations of infected players emerge.


This week, the agent for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott confirmed that his client had tested positive for the virus. Other members of the Cowboys and players for the Houston Texans have also reportedly tested positive.


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