Some teams in enhanced protocols tried not to test vaccinated players on Thursday

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The NFL currently has several teams in enhanced COVID protocols. This requires, among other things, daily testing of all vaccinated players.

On Thursday, however, two or more teams in enhanced protocols initially took the position that daily testing of vaccinated, asymptomatic players would not occur. Per multiple sources, the NFL Players Association got involved, and testing of all vaccinated, asymptomatic players occurs.

The issue initially came to a head in Cleveland, where NFLPA president JC Tretter doubles as the starting center. Tretter specifically objected to the plan to not test the vaccinated, asymptomatic players, and the Browns relented. It also happened in Washington, and possibly occurred at all other teams that are enhanced COVID protocols.

On Wednesday, NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills said that five teams are in enhanced protocols. ESPN identified seven: the Browns, Bears, Falcons, Lions, Rams, Vikings, and WFT. On Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said his team is no longer in enhanced protocols.

We asked the league whether teams in enhanced protocols indeed tried to not test vaccinated, asymptomatic players on Thursday. The response what that any player who wanted to be tested today could have been tested, and that this has been the case for the entire season.

But that position glosses over the reality that teams in the enhanced protocol are required to test the vaccinated, asymptomatic players on a daily basis — regardless of whether the players want to be tested.

Regardless, the union got involved and compelled daily testing of vaccinated, asymptomatic players, in according with the enhanced protocols. Which resulted in more positives. Which, obviously, the league has a growing incentive to minimize — so that all games can be played as scheduled.

9 responses to “Some teams in enhanced protocols tried not to test vaccinated players on Thursday

  1. If the league was serious the teams should be fined for trying to violate health and safety protocols for a competitive advantage but we know the league doesn’t want to enforce it’s rules.

    Who would’ve though the NFLPA would do something to actually protect the players for once. This is a union who refused to sign a CBA that made thigh and knee pads mandatory.

  2. The Browns in desperation mode thought the NFLPA president would look the other way? Suspensions are in order here.

  3. Good for Tretter to insist on full testing of his teammates. But if he is doing it just so that the league will give his team a week off to recover, his motivation is not so pure.
    Hopefully the vaccinated players will clear by KO,and the unvaccinated will stay healthy.

  4. come on this is ridiculous if they were vaccinated let them play that’s why the took the vax to protect themselves from this you can have covid for 5 days before it it can test positive this is a fact my ole lady tested positive on a Friday and she works in the medical field I tested negative until the 5th day after she brought covid home from work point is just because you test negative to day doesn’t mean you don’t have covid

  5. eagleswin says:

    December 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    If the league was serious the teams should be fined for trying to violate health and safety protocols for a competitive advantage but we know the league doesn’t want to enforce it’s rules.

    Who would’ve though the NFLPA would do something to actually protect the players for once. This is a union who refused to sign a CBA that made thigh and knee pads mandatory

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    Oh my not the thighs and knee pads 🤦‍♂️🤣🤦‍♂️ the NFLPA was doing what their members wanted then as players werent looking to be forced to wear extra padding and potentially slow them down. Just because the NFLPA doesnt do what YOU think they should do doesnt mean their not looking out for their members.

  6. Testing some teams daily and not others gives some teams a competitive advantage. All teams must be on the same protocol. If daily testing is needed, then test all teams.

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