Sills said a total of 53 new infections were confirmed among players when they arrived at training camp last month.
Sills added that he was not aware of any individual who was “seriously ill” from the pandemic, adding that not every positive necessarily meant a person was “actively infected.”
“Our goal is all the same: to have the safest possible environment for everyone,” Sills said. “We want to try to ensure that there’s no one – player, coach, staff member, official, anyone – who steps onto a field with an active infection.”
The league continues to enforce social-distancing measures ahead of its Sept. 10 season start.
More than 60 players have opted out of playing this season, according to media reports, amid the pandemic that upended much of daily life this year.
The Washington Football Team said on Tuesday it would not allow any fans to attend out of an “abundance of caution,” but added that it would re-evaluate the decision if conditions improved.
The New Orleans Saints said on Wednesday that they would not allow fans at their Sept. 13 home opener, becoming the latest franchise to limit spectators at games, adding that they would “continuously monitor trends” to evaluate whether they could welcome fans at their Sept. 27 home game against the Green Bay Packers.
“Although the current guidance we have received from our government leaders suggest this to be unlikely, we remain prepared to host fans if allowed,” the team said in a written statement.
But the Dallas Cowboys, which in July was again ranked by Forbes as the most valuable sports team in the world, “plan on playing all of our football games and we plan on playing them in front of our fans” at AT&T Stadium, owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Wednesday.
“Our safety precautions that we are doing won’t be unfamiliar to a lot of people when we look at the general protocol of the country,” Jones said.