NFL, NFLPA agree to weekly COVID testing for vaccinated players and staff

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One of the carrots for getting vaccinated has gotten somewhat smaller.

The NFL has reached an agreement with the NFL Players Association that vaccinated players and staff will be tested once per week. Previously, vaccinated players and staff were tested once every 14 days.

A second voluntary weekly test is available. Players with “vulnerable cohabitants” (as determined by team officials) may be tested daily, if they so choose.

The testing of vaccinated players must happen over a three-day period for each club in each week. “In other words, the club must divide its players and Tier 1 and Tier 2 staff into three groups, testing one group on one day; the second group on a second day; and the third group on a third day of each week,” the memo to all teams explains.

Players and staff who test positive can’t return until they generate two consecutive lab-based PCR tests at least 24 hours apart.

Daily testing become an option in the event of a “cluster” of positive results, along with mandatory masking.

The union had suggested daily testing for vaccinated staff. The move to weekly staffing puts all players at risk of a sudden removal from the roster. The testing presumably will happen on the first three days after each game (where possible) in order to give player who test positive a maximum opportunity to generate the two consecutive negative tests.

Presumably, the most important players and staff (like quarterback and head coach) will be included in the first wave every week. That approach will give them maximum time to be cleared via a pair of negative tests.

23 responses to “NFL, NFLPA agree to weekly COVID testing for vaccinated players and staff

  1. Anyone out there who DIDN’T see this coming? The goalposts have been shifting since this nonsense began.

  2. Awesome! Let the games begin. Let’s play some football. It’s a billion dollar business to the owners. It’s the greatest entertainment in the world to everyone in the world. Gotta get in another season.

  3. Usually Right says:
    August 30, 2021 at 8:44 pm
    If the vaccines work then why the need for testing?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ….because the vaccine is a raincoat without any guarantees to keep you dry, but it works pretty well anyway. The Delta variant is a deluge and even the best raingear (beyond a simple raincoat) has trouble keeping you dry. The testing tells us if you’ve gotten wet without knowing it, so you can keep other people from getting wet from your inadvertent wetness.

    I’m trying to dumb it down as much as possible, because our children, thought by many to be waterproof…..aren’t.

  4. If the vaccines work then why the need for testing?
    BECAUSE the vaccine isn’t a cure…. The vaccine reduces the risk of severe/deadly symptoms that those that are unvaccinated run the risk of having happen to them….

  5. Me thinking about explaining
    but I’m either preaching to the choir or banging my head against a wall
    ask your doctor about covid and the vaccine then ask a different doctor if you don’t like that answer try a third if you need to.
    Not someone on the internet who says they are a doctor or know a doctor

  6. And here’s the kicker…vaccinated and immuned are two whole different things. The “vaccinated” are not immuned, only the previously infected are immune. We can keep chasing our tail with this nonsense only to look dumber everyday.

  7. You can thank all the anti vaccine people for these rules. Covid protocol is here to stay in the NFL for the next few years!

  8. Usually Right says: August 30, 2021 at 8:44 pm If the vaccines work then why the need for testing?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Imagine the vaccine is a raincoat. A raincoat does not come with any guarantees for keeping you dry, but it’s well designed and works pretty well. In a deluge, like the Delta variant, raincoats don’t work as well especially if you’re out playing in it. Nobody wants to get wet, especially knowing how easily it can be avoided. The testing tells us if anyone gotten wet. People don’t want to get wet from brushing up against your inadvertent wetness. The testing allows you to voluntarily avoid everyone, keeping everyone dry, which is desirable. Some people still believe our children are waterproof and don’t look now, but it’s raining very hard.

  9. People wearing masks have something running through their veins akin to the brave American passengers that overtook the hijackers on flight 93, preventing countless other deaths. Protecting their fellow Americans. True Americans. True Patriots.

    The rest of you are running away. Thanks for the help.

  10. Testing is no big deal and it let’s you know if the SOB has penetrated your defenses … no matter how well you are feeling.

    Me??? I’d want to be tested every day just to know. The unknowing is worse for me.

  11. Non vaxxers need to physically get off there butts & see a real life doctor & get EDUCATED as to what covid is & how getting vaccinated helps protect them as well as society in general…. EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!

  12. Regardless of your stance on vaccines…

    With weekly testing, couldn’t they get infected on Friday, spread it on Sunday, and then not find out they were positive until the following Monday? How is that going to contain anything?

    Because the Delta variant is more contagious than last year’s strand (yes, even for vaccinated people), the only way to have any shot at containing this thing is for daily testing of all players and staff.

    The NFL and NFLPA has billions on the line and this seems awfully risky. They did daily testing in 2020 and could do it in 2021.

  13. polandlaker says:
    August 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm
    And here’s the kicker…vaccinated and immuned are two whole different things. The “vaccinated” are not immuned, only the previously infected are immune. We can keep chasing our tail with this nonsense only to look dumber everyday.

    Lamar Jackson believes differently about immunity for the previously infected. This is just another example of stubborn and defiant equaling stupid.

  14. Why stop something that worked well last season? Testing need to be everyday regardless of vaccination status. I can see a scenario where the “positve” vaccinated person is walking around for a few days spreading it to other vaccinated and unvaccinated teammates. Now the team is dealing with an outbreak.

  15. The FDA and CDC no longer recommend the PCR test as an adequate tool for detecting infection. But science…

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