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Billieve: COVID-19 safety protocols and training camp impact

Before training camp kicks off Tuesday, we break down the NFL’s new CBA and how it will affect the Bills.

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On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Jamie D’Amico take a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the upcoming Buffalo Bills training camp, set to begin July 28 at the team’s training facilities in Orchard Park, N.Y.

On Friday, just four days before the start of training camp, the NFL and the NFLPA approved changes to the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Included in the agreement: drastic changes to training camp, a comprehensive plan for testing players for COVID-19, no preseason games, the expansion of practice squad rosters, player opt-outs for the 2020 season over health concerns, and the impact on the salary cap, both in 2020 and beyond.

Boccacino and D’Amico outline what training camp will look like for head coach Sean McDermott and the Bills, discuss the pros and cons of no preseason games, address the real likelihood of an increased number of soft-tissue injuries, hamstring pulls, and ACL injuries, speculate on whether the expanded practice squad rosters will become permanent, examine the impact the proposed $4 billion-shortfall league-wide will have on player contract extensions, and much more!

Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for our thoughts on these topics, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.

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