NFLPA again urges daily COVID testing

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One of the biggest incentives for getting players vaccinated has become one of the biggest potential impediments to playing a full 2021 NFL season.

Unvaccinated players have daily COVID tests. Vaccinated players don’t. Initially, vaccinated players were tested every 14 days. Recently, the NFL changed the frequency to once a week.

NFLPA president JC Tretter believes all players should be tested every day.

“Since the beginning of training camp, we have been testing our vaccinated players once every 14 days,” Tretter writes in a new column at the union’s official website. “It has been ineffective as we’ve had significantly more incidents of transmission inside the building this year than last year. The NFLPA saw this coming months ago and has been advocating for a return to daily testing because it is more effective way to stop and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our locker rooms. However, the NFL decided to move to weekly testing; and while that is a step in the right direction, it leaves us open to many of the same problems we’ve been facing.”

Since vaccinated players can still get it, why not test them once per day? Although some players may be upset that they got vaccinated thinking they’d be tested less frequently before finding out otherwise, the best way to ensure that outbreaks won’t occur is to not allow anyone into the facility until they have generated a negative COVID result, vaccinated or not.

“Recently, Tennessee finished up with 14 positives — and the team was 97% vaccinated at that time,” Tretter explains. “It’s not hard to realize how devastating that would be during a week of the regular season. Yet, incidents like this have flown under the radar because players missing training camp practices or preseason games isn’t big news. That will not be the case moving forward and a few teams are already without, or at risk of being without, key starters heading into this opening weekend.”

Here’s the thing Tretter adds, something that no one wants to hear but that they need to hear: “We are all tired. No one likes that this is the world we are living in still this season. No one likes mitigation methods. But we cannot do what is easy over what is right. We cannot do what is cheaper over what is right. We have been warned by our experts that, because of our current testing cadence, we are at more risk of missed games this season than last season.”

Indeed we are. Although the COVID deniers want to shout down anyone who points out that getting through the 2021 season won’t be as easy as many believed it would be, someone needs to be pulling the alarm now in order to ensure that the league and the union will do what needs to be done to get all games played.

Why not daily testing? It won’t make things worse. It definitely could make things better.

31 responses to “NFLPA again urges daily COVID testing

  1. Obviously daily testing needs to be implemented ASAP. The irony is that if the NFL had left in place the COVID policy from last year instead of trying to virtue signal with this two tiered protocol for vaccinated and unvaccinated players they would be in a much better position to prevent outbreaks and mass player absences and potential game cancellations.

  2. Lets just cancel all testing completly. The vax is out there for anyone who wants it. Why do we need to continue testing if the vax is available?

  3. Is the NFLPA helping to foot the bill for the testing or is it all on the NFL to do it. NFLPA wants and wants but is it willing to walk the walk.

  4. It only makes sense to test daily … no matter what the additional cost to the team. Lost games are much more expensive. A player could potentially pick up the virus leaving the testing area. Best to identify the infection as rapidly as possible.

  5. The un vaccinated should just you know get vaccinated.. and stop acting like a child who does not want to eat their vegetables.

  6. I acknowledge that even outliers seem numerous but that’s because we live in a country of 360 million people.

  7. It’s rare that I agree with the NFLPA, but they’re right about the need for daily testing. I get that the less frequent testing was an incentive for players to get vaccinated, but that was before the Delta variant brought with it more breakthrough cases. A vaccinated player with a breakthrough infection and no symptoms could be walking around for almost a week spreading it to teammates and coaches– how does that make sense? If anything it’s probably more important to be testing vaccinated players because they are more likely to be asymptomatic and not realize they have it.

    The owners and Goodell should be rejoicing that the union wants more testing to keep players safe and help keep any outbreaks to as few players as possible– but here they are, too dense to dense to take advantage of the opportunity they’ve been given.

  8. Exactly what I’ve been saying all along. That vaccinated players will end up spreading the virus more, because they think they’re invincible. Vaccinated or not, every player needs to be tested everyday.

  9. “… the best way to ensure that outbreaks won’t occur NOT ALLOW ANYONE INTO THE FACILITY until they have generated a negative COVID result, vaccinated or not.”

    I agree. It’s the only way to make sure things won’t get out of control. This principle must be applied on top of the actual Covid protocols related to somebody who test positive or who’s been in contact with, vaccinated or not.

  10. Since we know both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can catch and transmit covid, if it were truly about health and safety, every player would be tested daily

  11. jacksonrr3 says:
    September 7, 2021 at 2:51 pm
    The un vaccinated should just you know get vaccinated.

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    And this would change what exactly in terms of daily testing?

  12. Maybe the unvaccinated players should just man up and, y’know, get the fully FDA-approved vaccine?

  13. Daily testing wouldn’t be needed if all NFL players and personnel were required to be vaccinated….

  14. Tretter is right – they should all be tested daily. The difference will be that when a vaccinated player tests positive – they are likely to remain asymptomatic and may or may not miss a game depending on timing. When an unvaccinated player tests positive, the focus will not be on whether they miss a game or two, we will all just hope they survive.

  15. Finally someone has made a Covid statement that makes sense and is fair to all

    YES…, everyone should be tested, EVERY day

  16. The NFL wants to get the season in. Last year they played the entire schedule. What if a QB tests positive Saturday or Sunday morning? What if it ends up being a false positive. The NFL is doing everything they can to play the schedule. I commend Tretter for his efforts, but he’s not getting anywhere.

  17. This is how it should’ve been from the start. What happens if 6 vaccinated players that are infected play on Sunday and then possibly infect members of the other team. I realize more vaccinated are going to have breakthrough cases and some don’t like the look of that but if this is truly about health and safety they’d already be doing daily tests to everyone. They got cute with protocols and now it’s starting to rear its ugly head. There was a big stink about the WFT not getting vaccinated for the sake of their head coach, well daily testing is the same thing.

  18. Always should’ve been treated equal…jabbed or not. Because the jab doesn’t stop the spread as the guinea pigs are finding out!

  19. “Freedom is earned. Get vaccinated if you don’t want to sit in back of the bus.” Wow. I earned my freedom being born in this great country. Seems you have some underlying racial issues going on in your life also.

  20. ghjjf says:
    September 7, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    Daily testing wouldn’t be needed if all NFL players and personnel were required to be vaccinated….

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    Why not exactly? Vaccinated players can still contract and spread Covid….so what is the logic behind your statement?

  21. “Why not exactly? Vaccinated players can still contract and spread Covid….so what is the logic behind your statement?” Exactly. Get a vaccine. Get a second shot. Get a booster every five months. Continue to wear a mask the rest of your life. Social Distance. Don’t go out. Don’t live. Baloney. The only immunity from this thing is acquired immunity. Enough with the panic porn.

  22. Tretter is right – they should all be tested daily. The difference will be that when a vaccinated player tests positive – they are likely to remain asymptomatic and may or may not miss a game depending on timing. When an unvaccinated player tests positive, the focus will not be on whether they miss a game or two, we will all just hope they survive.

    Media got to you huh?…you realize every NFL player has a better chance of dying from a car crash than dying from Covid right? And if you actually go onto the CDC website and do some of your own homework rather than following the CNN mantra, you’d realize that the LARGE MAJORITY of Covid deaths were from other underlying issues. Where is the hysteria to get rid of the Obesity pandemic that kills far more?

  23. Odds are the vaccinated players are getting infected from the unvaccinated players, the unvaccinated players are the petrie dish for the virus to hang around & mutate in….

  24. Happy to see more and more are becoming aware of how illogical these policies truly were.

    NFL needs to move to daily testing ASAP.

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