NFL likely will continue daily COVID-19 testing all year

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As training camp approached, the NFL planned to test players, coaches, and key personnel three times per week for COVID-19. The NFL Players Association pushed for daily testing throughout training camp.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, daily COVID-19 testing throughout training camp likely will become daily COVID-19 testing throughout the entire season. The league is expected to continue to use both off-site PCR testing (given its higher degree of accuracy) and on-site point-of-care testing as a supplement.

The league privately credits the union for pushing so aggressively for daily testing. Over time, it has become obvious that the routine of daily testing helps keep younger players accountable when it comes to avoiding activities that could result in an infection.

That accountability becomes even more important as players settle into the day-to-day of the regular season — and as some testing inevitably slide out of contention.

And while it will be more expensive to the league to test on a daily basis throughout the entire season, the league doesn’t care about the expense. First, it’s necessary to avoid outbreaks. Second, the expense of daily testing is barely a drop in the bucket in comparison to the losses that will result from a season of empty and mostly empty stadiums.

6 responses to “NFL likely will continue daily COVID-19 testing all year

  1. Someone needs to inform KC coach Reid that face shield is totally useless, unless he has a mask on it’s totally ineffective!

  2. This is your problem – regular people cannot get tested because they don’t meet the criteria for testing, that is exhibiting COVID symptoms. Players from all sports leagues can be tested. There is a shortage of test kits.

    If you’re okay with it, you tell that to families who lost someone, face to face, an NFL player, NBA player, MLB player, etc. are more important to be tested everyday. You tell that to my friend who just buried his 19 year old daughter due to COVID and she followed every single rule to protect herself.

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