NFL to have unified start date for training camps, fans expected to return

By Gavino Borquez

For the first time in NFL history, all 32 teams will be starting training camp on time, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

The start date will be Tuesday, July 27, which is 47 days before Week 1 of the regular season.

The Cowboys and Steelers are eligible to report as early as July 21 since they will be facing off in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers can report as early as July 24 due to them playing in the regular-season opener against Dallas on Sept. 9.

According to the report, the NFL plans for league-wide practices and fan events on Saturday, July 31, as well.

The league told teams it expects spectators to return to training camps, which is subject to state and local COVID-19 guidelines

30 of 32 teams have approval to open at 100% capacity before the preseason begins. The remaining teams seeking approval are the Colts and Broncos.

Rules pertaining to face coverings and vaccinations will be determined by teams tied to state and local guidelines.

All in all, this is great news, as the league inches closer to normalcy.