Two days, 75 positive player COVID tests

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The NFL has a full-blown COVID crisis, at a time when many have become numb to the realities of the ongoing pandemic.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, a total of 75 players have tested positive in the last two days. Seventy. Five.

It’s the highest two-day total since the pandemic began. And while it’s not nearly enough to cause the NFL to cancel games or pause the season (neither will be happening), it’s cause for concern as to where things may lead if the league doesn’t get things under control, quickly.

For now, it would make sense to revert fully and completely to the protocols of 2020, with daily testing and extensive use of masks and other personal protective equipment. While the vaccinated players may resent the termination of their preferred status, too bad. To keep the season from imploding, the league needs to go back to the way things used to be.

With the postseason looming, the league also needs to consider the possibility of putting the playoff teams in a bubble. Many players won’t like it. Those who are committed to advancing their legacies by winning a championship will deal with it.

Absent a bubble, those teams with strong player leadership (like the Buccaneers) will do whatever they can to minimize their positive cases. For all teams, avoiding an untimely COVID case could be the difference between going home early, getting to the Super Bowl, and ultimately being fitted for a big-ass ring in 2022.

 

39 responses to “Two days, 75 positive player COVID tests

  1. Hint: If you’re going to have holiday gatherings, make sure everyone is vaxxed and is stringently following protocols or they’re not invited. It’s not hard, people. Our own family has done this already and none of us plan on inviting Covid into our lives.

  2. Im pretty sure the death rate is as low as possible for any sort of virus. Lets move on. Get back to filing this under seasonal highs and lows in the cold and flu catagory and move on with life.

  3. The Buccaneers strong leadership didn’t stop players from forging vaccine cards to lie about their status. But whatever. The NFL doesn’t want to go back to daily testing. A team finished a Monday Night game then had several positives. Daily testing would have out that game in jeopardy.

  4. While the vaccinated players may resent the termination of their preferred status, too bad. Pretty much says it all.

  5. What’s important, and I really do think this is true. I haven’t heard of one player getting “really” sick. Many have tested positive and we can’t wait until they get back, but they always come back soon. 2020 was a little different.

  6. When are they gonna realize vaccinated, non-vaccinated, mask, no mask….everyone is gonna get it because nothing works to stop the spread beyond isolation. Not one NFL player has ever been told to stay away from the team if they have a cold or flu if they felt good enough to play or practice even tho those are also communicable respiratory viruses. A tragic amount of people have died because this is new and our bodies are learning how to stop it. But over the long run these rules and protocols are just prolonging everything.

  7. The point of the protocols where to prevent spreading, past that at this point. Reverting back will do nothing just like the original lockdown did nothing.

  8. But can’t make any new protocols without agreement of player’s union, can they? And they won’t accept any changes without long negotiations and getting something in return.

  9. Antonio Brown and Aaron Rodgers should both take credit for the current NFL Covid crisis. The NFL is probably the canary in the coal mine when it comes to the omicron variant.

    The big question is whether the NFL will start to limit fan attendance and require all fans at all stadiums to wear masks? Nobody wants that to happen, but if this trend continues they may have to think about it. If the playoffs are held in a bubble, fans may not be able to attend games.

    More than 800,000 people in the US have died from Covid. I do not want to return to the days of ERs with zero space, paramedics having to declare people dead instead of rushing them them to an ER, hospitals and funeral homes storing corpses in refrigerated trucks, and crematoriums running 24/7. You can thumbs down this post, but that won’t change the fact that what I described is what really happened.

  10. How about just stop the testing that are not accurate to begin with. If you don’t feel good just do like WE all used to do either stay home or suck it up and go to work.

  11. Football is a contact sport so it’s silly to be testing players when there is no social distancing and mask usage.

  12. The league needs to get hip to the fact that we are still in a pandemic, protocols for stopping the spread of the virus are lax, and we’re at risk of going into the playoffs with star players unable to play. Many players are too stupid to know how to take the most basic precautions to protect their health and their teammates health. It hurts the league, player’s careers, and the legitimacy of the games.

  13. We are such a foolish species. That’s the most sad commentary of this whole thing. Could have the ability to stop the matter if we show unified resolve. Instead, We are collectively, staggeringly myopic.

  14. I can’t think of any player that has had serious issues from Covid, in fact, most are asymptomatic. Who are they protecting with these draconian measures? The decision to play or not should be left up to the players.

  15. The vaccines only are effective for about 6 months, so those who got vaxxed prior to training camp are no longer immune

  16. Are these positive tests all coming from one specific vendor or is it multiple that have no connection to each other?
    I got double backed in April & my booster in November…. Doing my part…. Hope it’s enough….all these anti vaxxers make me nervous though & to be honest frustratingly disappointed!!!

  17. Stop the insanity. The masks obviously don’t work. We can’t stop a virus. The answer is therapeutics, vaccines, etc. The asymptomatic testing and case counts have to stop. We aren’t accomplishing anything.

  18. 50Stars says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    Im pretty sure the death rate is as low as possible for any sort of virus. Lets move on. Get back to filing this under seasonal highs and lows in the cold and flu catagory and move on with life.

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    While the death rate may be low, the contagion rate is astronomically high. And THAT’S why we have over 800,000 dead Americans- and counting.

  19. This math just doesn’t add up for the NFL. There’s way too many cases for a league that claims to be over 80% vaccinated. Someone needs to compute the probability of 75 players out of 2000 testing positive for covid on the same day.

    I’m guessing there’s a reason the league didn’t want to do a thorough investigation of the fake vaccination cards.

  20. Every player is in exactly zero trouble from this virus. Treat it as a new bye week with all the injuries piling up.

  21. 50Stars says: “Im pretty sure the death rate is as low as possible for any sort of virus.”

    It’s not just about the fatality rate. It’s about the rate of transmission. If it has the same fatality rate as the flu, but it’s 5x as contagious, then it’ll kill 5x as many people as the flu. So it’s about the people around you, not just you.

  22. “The NFL has a full-blown COVID crisis, at a time when many have become numb to the realities of the ongoing pandemic.”

    Is it really a crisis when not one single player has been hospitalized. Without mandatory testing, the vast majority if these cases would go undiagnosed as they are very mild or asymptomatic.

    At what point do we as a society realize Covid isn’t going away, and move on with life.

  23. Maybe they should look into if the tests are a bad batch bc most of the players have shown no symptoms

  24. Waning vaccine immunity + new variant = lots of postive tests.

    Watch what’s happening in Europe and the US will be the same a few weeks later. Unless the protocols go back to what they were last year (unlikely), the playoffs will likely be ruined.

    #aaronrodgerswasright

  25. Well considering the science of this changes daily, and I know at least 10 people that were double jabbed and still got Covid, I’m not ready to assume all 75 were unvaxxed. If you’re healthy, get it, build up your immunity and move on.

  26. Absent a bubble, those teams with strong player leadership (like the Buccaneers) will do whatever they can to minimize their positive cases.

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    Bucs? Did you say the Bucs? Lol …. Antonio Brown and his pals say hi. No one actually believes Bruce Arians is cutting AB. It’s not his call. He just does the press conferences.

  27. And how many of these 75 are unvaccinated?

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess, MAYBE 7 or 8 of them. I could be wrong, but I doubt it’s more than 10.

    75 out of 75 of them will also survive and be feeling better by Friday. But whatever. “Science” or something…

  28. Anyone have 32 fields and accommodations to hold 3000+ people and house them as well as all their equipment?

  29. touchback6 says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:34 pm
    Hint: If you’re going to have holiday gatherings, make sure everyone is vaxxed and is stringently following protocols or they’re not invited. It’s not hard, people. Our own family has done this already and none of us plan on inviting Covid into our lives.

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    When will people learn that being vaccinated means nothing in terms of a persons ability to contract and spread Covid? Vaccination only protects the individual being vaccinated. Nothing more….and the data confirms this.

  30. Vaccines save the lives of the vaccinated but don’t stop the spread. Herd immunity only works if vaccines actually lower the transmission rate.
    Masks and quarantines do not have a measurable impact on transmission or severity of illness. Go look at the studies for yourself if you don’t believe me.

    My point is if you want to live, go get vaccinated. Encourage the people you love to get vaccinated to save their lives. The rest of the precautions are just theater.

  31. 50Stars says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Im pretty sure the death rate is as low as possible for any sort of virus. Lets move on. Get back to filing this under seasonal highs and lows in the cold and flu catagory and move on with life.
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    That lack of reality is precisely why 75 players are now in the COVID protocol. This is not the flu. After you’re affected by someone who has had this hideous
    disease you will understand why learned minds are concerned and other folks disregard the reality.

  32. Yes the league could be facing a crisis. And yet everyone who has gone on the covid list has come off. Some sooner than others, but eventually everyone gets back on the field. Even if the league does have to postpone some games, the games will go on. The “crisis” is a most an interruption to business as somewhat normal.

  33. mancave2022 says:
    December 15, 2021 at 12:01 am
    Stop the insanity. The masks obviously don’t work. We can’t stop a virus. The answer is therapeutics, vaccines, etc. The asymptomatic testing and case counts have to stop. We aren’t accomplishing anything.

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    Asymptomatic testing helps identify persons spreading the disease to those that may be symptomatic. As time moves on these kinds of things will end because the danger of dying from the virus will become remote, but taking measures to keep the death toll at a minimum was never “insanity”. I don’t think the masks, testing, or vaccines have been too much to ask of anyone.

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