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NFL coaches can return to team facilities Friday

NFL continues to prepare for training camp and season
Credit: AP
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

NEW YORK — NFL coaches will be allowed to return beginning Friday to team facilities closed because of the coronavirus pandemic as the league continues preparation for training camps and its season.     

Commissioner Roger Goodell told the 32 clubs on Thursday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday. Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred.     

All coaches will count toward the maximum number of club employees in the facility, but that number will be increased to 100. That's also subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.