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NFLPA: At least 59 NFL players have tested positive for Covid-19

The NFLPA is releasing data around players and Covid-19. We’ll update as the information arrives.

A nurse seals a specimen bag containing a COVID-19 test swab at a St. John’s Well Child & Family Center mobile clinic set up outside Walker Temple AME Church in South Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

UPDATE, July 21 8:40 p.m.: The NFLPA updated the page, changing the 95 to 59. NFL Network reporter James Palmer tweeted that the higher number had included staff across the league as well. The new number (59) reflects just players.

UPDATE, July 21: The NFLPA updated their numbers and as of July 21st, 95 players are known to have tested positive for Covid-19. That means 23 new names have been added since July 10th. There is no word yet on whether those 23 are only positive tests since the 10th, or if there is updated information from prior to the 10th.

The NFLPA announced on Thursday that 72 players across the league are known to have tested positive for Covid-19 as of July 10th. The players’ union has created a website of Covid-19 resources that includes positive player tests, an overview of positive test numbers in each NFL market, and state-by-state trackers and information.

The players and owners are negotiating the terms and conditions for starting training camp and the 2020 season, but still seem a ways apart. Rookies are scheduled to report for at least two teams this coming Saturday, but that seems less and less likely with each passing day.

The 72 represents 2.5 percent of the approximately 2,880 players on 90-man rosters across the league. However, we don’t know how many players have received a Covid-19 test during the pandemic. Given the potential for asymptomatic carrying of the virus, there’s a good chance more players would have tested positive if they had not already been tested.