Several Ravens join NFL players in voicing safety concerns ahead of training camp

Baltimore Ravens the rookies are due to report to training camp on Tuesday, which would mark the unofficial start to a highly anticipated season for a team that is returning a slew of talent and carrying realistic Super Bowl aspirations. But as with every other aspect of life in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic is complicating matters.

Several Ravens veterans, expected at team facilities next week, have recently taken to social media to voice their concerns about the NFL’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

The NFL Players Association has accused the league of ignoring expert safety recommendations and called for preseason games to be eliminated. Reported cases of coronavirus and deaths from the disease have increased across the country in the past two months, according to a New York Times database.

Maryland reported 925 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the state’s highest one-day total since May. On the same day, at least five Ravens used the “#WeWantToPlay” Twitter hashtag as part of a coordinated NFLPA campaign intended to highlight the group’s criticism of the league.

“We need the NFL to make sure we are safe and the people around us are safe,” cornerback Tavon Young wrote on Twitter. “I missed last year due to injury and I don’t want another missed season due to safety issues #WeWanttoPlay”

All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker also chimed in, “We need answers and we need them now. We need to know that the @NFL is doing everything in its power to ensure the health and safety of players. Simply put, the @NFL needs to heed the advice of its own medical experts if we’re going to play a full season. #WeWantToPlay”

Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown, wide receiver Willie Snead and backup quarterback Robert Griffin III also used the hashtag and posted similar messages.

Ravens quarterbacks and injured players are in line to report to training camp Thursday, while the full roster is expected to arrive by July 28. 13.

Before any plan unfolds, players will have their say.

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Aaron Kasinitz covers the Baltimore Ravens for PennLive and can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AaronKazreports. Follow PennLive’s Ravens coverage on Facebook and Youtube.