NFL, NFLPA will ditch enhancements that were added Thursday, for teams not dealing with outbreaks

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On Thursday, the NFL reimplemented a wide variety of enhanced COVID protections. After this weekend’s games, those enhanced protections will be gone.

Here’s the language from the revised protocols, as agreed to by and between the NFL and NFL Players Association on Saturday: “In addition, the Protocol changes set forth in the December 16 memorandum will remain in effect through the completion of each club’s Week 15 game. We will re-evaluate our testing data over the weekend and determine whether these or other measures should remain in place beyond Tuesday. However, even if these measures are not officially extended, we have agreed with the NFLPA that players on a given club will have the option to participate in meetings virtually or wear a mask within the facility.”

That’s a roundabout way of saying “see ya” to the enhanced protections adopted on Thursday, which include no indoors meetings, indoor masks for all players, no more than 15 players present in the weight room, no staff and players earring together in the meal rooms, no visitors to or excursions from team hotels for road trips, and limits on the abilities of all players to engage in public activities. After this weekend’s games, those will be gone for all teams that aren’t in enhanced protocols due to an outbreak.

Currently, those teams are Washington, Cleveland, and the Rams. For teams that have outbreaks going forward (and outbreaks will now become harder to detect), the enhanced protocols will be put back in place.

Thus, in addition to reduced testing, teams will have reduced limitations on activities that could spread the virus. It’s not a compromise as much as it is a joint capitulation by owners and players to the pandemic. The owners and players want all games to be played. And, likewise, the owners and players want their money. Now, both sides will get what they want — and plenty of people will get COVID, asymptomatic or not.

13 responses to “NFL, NFLPA will ditch enhancements that were added Thursday, for teams not dealing with outbreaks

  1. Just like the rest of the world, the NFL is just doing what is selfishly good for them and their bottom line. They don’t care about safety or getting rid of COVID, just the same as everyone else outside of ny house. Meanwhile, I will never see my friends or family or the inside of a public place ever again, thanks to all of you. Disgusting.

  2. It sounds to me that the NFL is trying to make things SO CONVOLUTED that NOBODY can be held accountable for ANYTHING that happens due to covid outbreaks no matter who’s to truly blame…. When all else fails regularly change & alter the protocols till nobody knows what they are anymore then they can discipline whomever they want however they want & use some obscure temporary procedure out of context to present their “GOTCHA MOMENT RULING”…..

  3. So now that everyone is catching COVID, they are RELAXING restrictions?

    Talk about backwards. They are basically deciding to ignore COVID. Unfortunately, COVID will not ignore them.

  4. betterthanflorio says:
    December 18, 2021 at 4:50 pm
    Just like the rest of the world, the NFL is just doing what is selfishly good for them and their bottom line. They don’t care about safety or getting rid of COVID

    ——-
    There is no more “getting rid of Covid” than there is getting rid of the flu

    It’s here to stay

  5. Our hospitals are over crowded with COVID patients. Heart attack, cancer and stroke victims are dying because there is no room for them. Doctors and nurses are quitting…so things will get a lot worse.

    This isn’t the flu. The flu doesn’t kill over a million Americans in a year and a half.

    SMH

  6. No worse than cold or mild flu if anything except to the unvaccinated and high risk unfortunates. At least until next mutation shows itself. Life goes on, same with the game.

  7. Good for the NFL to stop the charade, if only incrementally, and understand there is no stopping it, and no way of knowing how it is going to affect a person. Undoubtedly the NFL has noticed the overwhelming amount of positive tests, vaxxed or not, are asymptomatic. There’s 360 million people in this country and over 6 billion on the planet. Something is gonna kill you. Why lower the quality of life just for the sake of living a lower quality of life? Take risks my friends. More often than not, it works out and you’ll have a ball.

  8. Meanwhile, I will never see my friends or family or the inside of a public place ever again, thanks to all of you.

    +++++

    You are welcome.

  9. ” So now that everyone is catching COVID, they are RELAXING restrictions?

    Talk about backwards. They are basically deciding to ignore COVID. Unfortunately, COVID will not ignore them. ”

    It’s called ‘Herd Immunity’ , plus these players are physical specimens
    who most likely take all the medically recommended supplements.
    And , almost all of these cases are ‘asymptomatic’.

  10. betterthanflorio says:

    …selfishly good for them and their bottom line. They don’t care about safety or getting rid of COVID…
    ———————-
    Covid is here to stay. It is not going away no matter what any person does or what the nfl does. Now its up to the human bodies immune system to adapt and the medical field to perfect their treatments for those at high risk.

  11. radar773 says:

    This isn’t the flu. The flu doesn’t kill over a million Americans in a year and a half.
    —————–
    It is almost identical to the onset of the flu.

    The flu pandemic killed over 50 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1922 and infected roughly one third of the world’s population. In the US, about 675,000 people died while 22 million caught the disease.

  12. The reality is that COVID will always be around, somewhere, or probably everywhere. Unlike last year we now have vaccines that greatly reduce the effects on those vaccinated as well as treatments for the severely infected. This is what is leading health agencies to change the focus, as the Secretary of HHS said this week: “It’s not about cases. It’s about severity.”

    People need to get past the idea that zero cases and zero transmissiblity are possible. The NFL is doing that here.

  13. Florida writes, “Now, both sides will get what they want — and plenty of people will get COVID, asymptomatic or not.”

    Lockdowns haven’t done it, masks haven’t done it, social distancing hasn’t done it, 2 Presidents haven’t done it despite pledges from both, and vaccines haven’t done it- but more NFL testing and canceled games/season would fix it right up.

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