The NFL just sent out a memo, obtained by Ian Rapoport, informing teams that coaches will be allowed to return to their facilities beginning tomorrow:
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is letting the stay-at-home order expire at midnight tonight, which would see Philadelphia county move from the COVID-19 red phase to yellow, clearing the way for organized team sports to return. Earlier in the week, state officials said the recent round of protests and demonstrations would not affect plans to lift restrictions in the southeastern part of the state, however, Mayor Jim Kenney would not officially confirm that Philadelphia was on board with making the red to yellow jump:
PHILLY MAYOR KENNEY on if city will still move to Yellow Phase:
“Not gonna say that officially. Certainly numbers are trending in that direction.”
He also expressed concern w/what could happen when thousands of people are crowded together, which has been happening w/protests
— Alex Holley (@AlexHolleyFOX29) June 3, 2020
If we do get clearance from the state, it would open a path for players to return and then we’ll be able to have training camp in July. No joint practices, however, according to league mandate.
It seems like the NFL is moving on a linear and predictable time frame here, so it really falls on the individual states and local mayors to remove the remaining hurdles. Surely Kenney isn’t going to risk the WRATH of Eagles fans when everybody is already pissed off and angry to begin with.