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JC Tretter: NFL ‘is unwilling to prioritize player safety’ amid pandemic

NFLPA president and Browns center JC Tretter criticized the NFL online Tuesday and said the league “is unwilling to prioritize player safety” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Like many other industries, football’s resistance to change is based on the belief that the best way to run things is the way we’ve always run things,” Tretter wrote in a post on the NFLPA’s website. “That pervasive thought process will stop this season in its tracks.”

The NFL plans to reduce the number of preseason games from four to two and establish a 23-day acclimatization period in training camp while anticipating that players will be less prepared to compete after a virtual offseason program. However, the NFLPA’s board of representatives pushed back on the plan and voted to recommend not playing any preseason games ahead of the 2020 regular season.

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