Eagles' offseason practices to proceed virtually as NFL, NFLPA approve new format


The NFL and the NFLPA have jointly approved a format to create virtual offseason workouts while the coronavirus keeps team facilities closed and players unable to practice.

According to a story on the NFL website about the agreement, a system of virtual OTAs — or offseason team activities — will begin on Monday for teams with new head coaches and a week later for the Eagles and all other teams who have the same head coach as 2019.

The CBA prohibits any football-related contact between coaches and players until OTAs officially begin. 

The virtual OTAs would essentially be online meetings, with coaches and players able to watch film, go over plays and schemes and interact without being in the same room.

"This is something that hasn't been tried before, but it has the virtue of allowing clubs and players to start preparing for the 2020 season and doing it in a way that recognizes the changed circumstances we're under," NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said on a conference call Monday, according to USA TODAY.

The agreement between the league and the NFLPA states that until all 32 team complexes are allowed to reopen according to local or national health guidelines, no teams will be allowed to open their facilities to players and the online workouts and meetings can continue.

These virtual OTAs must end on June 26, according to the agreement between the league and the union.

The OTAs, like normal OTAs, are considered optional under terms of the CBA, although one three-day mandatory OTA session is allowed under this agreement, two for teams with new coaches.

The NFL draft is scheduled to proceed as scheduled starting a week from Thursday, with representatives from all 32 teams selecting players from home.

Pash told reporters the league is still planning on playing a full season.

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