The NFL Players Association released a statement, saying they did not vote on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement and their vote has been delayed.
Instead of agreeing to the terms of the proposal approved by the NFL owners, the NFLPA released a statement to announce the two sides will meet next week.
Our statement on today's collective bargaining meeting: pic.twitter.com/MVOODW65fV
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) February 21, 2020
On Thursday, NFL owners met in New York City before approving proposed new CBA includes some major changes to the NFL as we know it. The new collective bargaining agreement will add a 17th week to the NFL schedule and expand the playoff format to include a 7th team in each conference. seventh team in each conference beginning with the 2020 season.
Proposed terms of the new CBA also reportedly include a reduction in preseason games and more lenient drug testing. The NFL is also reportedly offering its players a 48.5% share of league revenue, up from the current 47% share.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 21, 2020
While some see the the new CBA as an improvement from the current deal, many current players have been outspoken with their displeasure since news broke of the proposal approved by the owners.
Hard no on that proposed CBA.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 21, 2020
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Report: Titans to Allow 7,000 Fans for Game Against Steelers
The Tennessee Titans will reportedly announce Thursday that they will be able to have 7,000 fans in attendance for their Week 4 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Outkick.com’s Clay Travis.
The Oct. 4 meeting between the two AFC sides will be the first game with fans inside Nissan Stadium, with the total gradually increasing over the following weeks. Approximately 8,600 fans are planned to be in attendance Oct. 11 against the Buffalo Bills and then 10,400 are expected the following week when the Houston Texans visit on Oct. 18.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper is expected to make a formal announcement this afternoon, Travis reports.
While the Steelers have already ruled out fans for their first two home games against the Denver Broncos this Sunday and the Texans on Sept. 27, the organization has not yet announced a decision on fan attendance for the remainder of the season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were the only team that played in front of fans this past weekend, with seating capped at 25% capacity inside TIAA Bank Field for their season-opening win against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Announces Seven Positives in Last Round of Testing
The NFL and NFLPA continue to release encouraging COVID-19 testing data, and Wednesday was no different.
In a press release Wednesday, the parties announced just two positive tests among players and five from other staff members from their last round of testing.
Spanning from Sept. 6 to 12, the league reported just two positive tests among all players, five among staff members.
40,479 total tests were administered to 7,437 players and staff across the league.
While the NBA and NHL have had no issues in the restart of their seasons over the last few months, the NFL is proving that professional sports leagues can operate successfully and suppress COVID-19 outbreaks. With the opening weekend already in the books and an extremely low positivity rate, optimism has to be high that the league can continue rolling through the 2020 season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had no COVID-19 issues since running back Jaylen Samuels was removed from the Reserve list a month ago on Aug. 13.
Latest NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 testing results show seven new confirmed positives from Sept. 6-12 — including two players — out of 40,479 tests. pic.twitter.com/UY7QXfU1YK— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 16, 2020