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Browns' 2020 Training Camp starts Tuesday: here's what to expect

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns will kickoff a training camp that will be unlike any other in team history.

BEREA, Ohio — Officially, the Cleveland Browns will begin their training camp on Tuesday.

But even as players report to Berea, it will still be a while until they get to practicing football.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, training camps across the NFL will look very different from usual, with an increased emphasis having been placed on safety and testing. Additionally, the league won't be playing any preseason games and players won't even begin practicing in pads until the middle of next month.

Nevertheless, football is finally -- or perhaps more accurately, almost -- here. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the Browns' 2020 Training Camp:

Schedule

According to a memo obtained by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, NFL teams will follow the following schedule throughout the duration of their training camps:

July 28-31: COVID-19 testing and virtual meetings

  • Day 1: COVID-19 testing
  • Day 2: COVID-19 testing
  • Day 3: No testing
  • Day 4: COVID-19 testing

August 1-2: Physicals and equipment distribution

August 3-11: Acclimation period

This period will include:

  • 60-minute weight room and 60-minute on-field conditioning
  • Total strength and conditioning with small groups of 15 or less capped at 120 total minutes
  • No conditioning tests
  • Only Strength and Conditioning coaches
  • QBs, receivers, punters, kickers and long snappers permitted to use footballs
  • Walk-Thrus permitted up to 60 minutes on the first four days and 75 minutes on the last four days
  • August 8th: Off

August 12-16: Gradual ramp-up period

  • Maximum of 3.5 hours of on-field activities
  • First practice starts at 90 minutes with a maximum 15-minute increase
  • The remainder of the 3.5-hour window is limited to walk-thrus
  • Helmets and approved protective shirts permitted on Aug. 12 and 13.
  • August 14 and 16: Non-padded practices. Helmets and shells permitted.
  • August 15th: Off

August 17-September 6: Contact integration period (practice)

  • A maximum of 14 padded practices permitted
  • First practice starts at 90 minutes with a maximum 15-minute increase
  • No increase or decrease in practice duration following an off day
  • Daily time limits determined by CBA
Credit: AP
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) after a catch during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Browns held a joint practice with the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Will fans be allowed to attend training camp?

Currently, fans aren't permitted to attend training camp sessions, as they have been in previous years. As for the games, it remains to be seen whether or not fans will be allowed to attend, but the Browns acknowledged in a letter to season ticket holders earlier this month that it was unlikely that they would be able to allow a full capacity at FirstEnergy Stadium.

What will rosters look like?

As opposed to the traditional 90-man preseason roster, teams will now be required to cut their roster down to 80 players before padded practices begin on Aug. 16. An exception to still carry 90 players has been made for teams that will split their training camps between two locations, although there hasn't been any indication the Browns plan on doing just that.

Teams will be required to cut their rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 5 for the start of the 2020 regular season.

How will testing work?

According to NBC Sports' Peter King, any player who tests positive for COVID-19 will fall into one of two categories:

  1. "If he has symptoms of COVID-19, at least 10 days must pass since the first symptoms occurred and at least 72 hours have passed since symptoms last occurred. He must test negative and have his return approved by a team doctor in consultation with league medical officials."
  2. "If he is asymptomatic, 10 days must have passed since his positive test — or five days have passed since the positive test, plus two tests that show negative results, for him to resume playing."

Any player who tests positive for or has been exposed to the coronavirus will be placed on a reserve/COVID-19 list. On Sunday, the Browns placed running back Dontrell Hilliard and safety Jovante Moffatt on the COVID-19 list, although the team is unable to comment on whether or not they tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, each team has been required to have an infectious disease emergency response plan approved by the NFLPA by the start of camp.

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