NFLPA changes number of positive COVID-19 cases among players from 95 to 59

Update: 8:33 p.m. ET

After reporting 95 players league-wide with a “known positive test” for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the NFLPA later changed that number to 59.

The union’s COVID-19 hub launched last week and initially reported 72 “known positive tests.”

NFL Network’s James Palmer reports that the the initial number published Tuesday afternoon also included staff and that the updated tally of 59 reflects players only.

It’s not clear how many of the initially reported 72 positive tests included players.


A total of 95 NFL players have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. The NFLPA released updated numbers Tuesday, which raised the amount of positive tests from 72 to 95.

The NFLPA unveiled initial test numbers last Thursday, where it announced 72 players tested positive for coronavirus. Five days later, that number increased by 23.

It’s unclear how many players were tested as part of that sample.

The union made daily testing a major priority as training camps prepared to open. On Sunday, a number of prominent NFL players tweeted their concern regarding the league’s safety plans. A last-minute call Monday between the league and union resolved some of those issues. As a result, players will receive daily coronavirus tests for the first two weeks of training camp. At that point, test frequency could change depending on whether there are fewer positive tests among teams.

The NFLPA aggressively pushed for those safety measures to ensure rookies would feel safe at training camp. Rookies were set to report July 21, though at least one team — the Green Bay Packers — pushed that date back. Packers rookies will now report to camp Thursday.

For other teams, quarterbacks and injured players will report July 23. All other veteran players will report July 28.

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