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NFLPA: 59 players known to have tested positive for coronavirus

On Monday, the NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps.
On Monday, the NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps.Naomi Baker/Getty Images

On its website Tuesday evening, the NFL Players Association said 59 players were known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There were 72 reported positive tests in the union’s last report on July 10.

Earlier in the day, the site indicated that 95 players had a known positive test; it’s unclear why the number decreased by 36 in a matter of hours.

On Monday, the NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week.

Players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp, per the league’s new testing protocols.

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After two weeks of daily testing, if the positivity rate of those tests falls below 5 percent among players and team individuals with close access to them, testing would go to every other day. If the positivity rate doesn’t fall below that threshold, daily testing would continue until it drops.