FARGO — Former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, now the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, voiced his concern on player safety Sunday, July 19, as the NFL prepares to start training camps in the midst of the coronavirus pademic.
Wentz was among multiple big-name players who took to social media to voice their health concerns with a "#WeWantToPlay" hashtag with some NFL training camps set to start Monday, July 20.
Wentz wrote the following statement on his Twitter account Sunday: "We all want to play this season, but we need to stay safe in order to actually have a season! It’s time for the NFL to step up and do their part so that us players can be safe at work and go play the game we love! #WeWantToPlay"
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz were among the many players who shared sentiments similar to Wentz on Sunday.
Below is a sampling of the reaction from around the league:
We all want to play this season, but we need to stay safe in order to actually have a season! It’s time for the @NFL to step up and do their part so that us players can be safe at work and go play the game we love! #WeWantToPlay— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) July 19, 2020
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
I am concerned.— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety.
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
It blows my mind that the NFL is unwilling to follow the recommendations of their own experts regarding player health and safety. If we want to have a FULL season this year we need the NFL to listen to their experts! #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/q55RpqRzPu— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) July 19, 2020
If #AdamSilver can respect the voices and protect his @NBA players why can’t @NFLcommish do the same? Listen to your players. If we want to have a full season it will have to look different with OUR safety as the priority. @NFL make the necessary changes. #WeWantToPlay— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 19, 2020
The NFL has ignored the safety recommendations from the experts that THEY hired. We all love this game and want to go out and compete with our brothers. The NFL needs to provide a safe work environment for us to do that. #WeWantToPlay— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 19, 2020
Translating the #WeWantToPlay posts you're seeing now: Joint medical committee recommended a 21-day acclimation period. NFL asked players to show up 2 weeks early to accomodate it; NFLPA said no. NFL shortened acclimation period to accommodate 2 preseason games. Union wants 0.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 19, 2020
All 32 teams have submitted infectious disease emergency response plans, which have been approved by NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills as well as joint infectious disease experts, per source. Union also must approve before teams can have more than 20 players in building.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 19, 2020