NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo stating how players and team officials will return to facilities, and some players may be permitted to arrive earlier. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL may allow rookies, veterans who changed teams to return to facilities early

The NFL season, hopefully, will get underway as scheduled in August amid the coronavirus pandemic, and while no dates have been set yet for minicamps, there's a possibility for certain players to return to team facilities before others.

Rookies and veterans who have changed teams and need physicals may be allowed to return to facilities on a limited basis beginning on June 26, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered all team facilities to close in March, but it seems the league has made progress on fully reopening them.

The NFL and players' union sent a memo to all 32 teams Monday outlining full reopening procedures for practice facilities with protocols focusing on screening, testing, infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19. 

A tiered approach will be taken for team facilities with players, coaches, trainers, physicians and the head equipment manager being allowed to return during Tier 1. The second tier will consist of ownership, facility staff, additional coaches, equipment personnel and other members of the staff. Tier 3 will include essential facility, stadium and event staff that don't require close contact with individuals in Tier 1.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



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