NFL, NFLPA announce suspension of all COVID protocols

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COVID-19 protocols have played a big role in the last two NFL seasons, but they are not going to be an issue for teams this offseason.

In a memo to all 32 teams on Thursday, the NFL and NFLPA announced that they are suspending all COVID-19 protocols immediately. The memo cites the declining rates of COVID-19 rates as the reason for the decision while also noting that teams must still comply with any applicable state or local laws.

The suspension means an end to any mandatory testing and, absent local regulations, masks are not required at team facilities. Tests will now be done “when clinically indicated or at the direction of a club physician” and teams must keep some testing equipment at their facilities, but the larger testing trailers can be removed.

Players will no longer be wearing devices to monitor their contacts at team facilities and limits on weight rooms and other gathering spaces have been removed.

Changes to testing protocols for the postseason signaled a move in this direction and Thursday’s memo moves to put an official end to the league’s COVID era almost two years after it began.

39 responses to “NFL, NFLPA announce suspension of all COVID protocols

  1. It was fascinating watching Omicron quickly pass thru different countries and act the same way. Seeing the NFL be so affected and then almost completely disappear for the playoffs was incredible. Let’s move on.

  2. Does that mean these stupid vaccine mandates will be lifted from stadiums like Vegas????

  3. Congrats everyone on making through the pandemic to the endemic phase. 1M Americans did not, condolences to all of the families/friends that lost someone

  4. All the extra cost and stress and for what? To be right where you would have been to begin with but lighter in the wallet.

  5. Makes sense. 95% of NFL players are vaccinated and nearly 100% of staffs. 65% of Americans are. It’s been 2 years now and either you’re vaccinated or you have been warned of the potential consequences and chose not to.

  6. Well done. Time for all of us to move on and LIVE with it and manage it just like we do with various other risks in life.

  7. Thank goodness “the science” worked…. Funny, actually it’s sad, how political that science and health became since 2020…. But good to see common sense prevail, or finally come back to the left half.

  8. Procedures were put in place, the season was completed, so what they did worked.

  9. I mean it’s their choice but it’s not like Covid has disappeared – still at least 50K new cases daily almost 2K deaths still daily – just giving the numbers do with them as you will.

  10. Though I am sad for anyone who lost a loved one to COVID any quote of numbers of deaths and/or cases is suspect. Still I am glad the NFL has removed something not needed. Still – do all that you can to stay healthy.

  11. I’m normally very critical of the NFL and often the NFLPA, but in the case of COVID protocols, they have been facing a tremendously challenging and ever-changing situation. I think they did about as well as they could in the circumstances and I’m not going to slam them for not being perfect every step of the way.

    Yes, COVID is now endemic. But please keep in mind that around one in every three Americans is immunocompromised and even if vaccinated and boosted they can be infected and become severely ill or even die. Don’t assume that people continuing to mask are ignorant or making a political statement–which unfortunately is getting to be commonplace.

  12. Power, money, and control. Huge hoax.

    1,000,000 dead Americans and their family members would love to hear more of your thoughts on the matter.

  13. Like it wasn’t already obvious the NFL’s covid protocols were a joke at the Super Bowl. This just makes it official on paper.

  14. The NFLmay be doing the right thing now, but let’s not forget the over ONE MILLION Americans that lost theirlives….or the tens of thousands that are dealing with Long COVID…..and suffering.

  15. So so so dangerous for the NFL to let their guard down. The minute the masks come off a new more dangerous variant can emerge. NFL really rolling the dice here on players and public health. Masks and protocol should continue until we know for certain this dangerous illness is under control

  16. Funny they were just talking about making the combine a bubble, now it’s open season…trust the science! Haha

  17. So, are large practice squads and looser IR requirements going to remain or will they go back to small practice squads and tight IR movement requirements?

  18. Does anybody really know how many love ones actually died from COVID………….keep seeing misleading information………..

  19. jets8019 says:
    March 3, 2022 at 4:44 pm
    So so so dangerous for the NFL to let their guard down. The minute the masks come off a new more dangerous variant can emerge. NFL really rolling the dice here on players and public health. Masks and protocol should continue until we know for certain this dangerous illness is under control

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    Where do you live? Masks are gone everywhere.

    The CDC has changed masking protocols.

    Didn’t you see the mask free State of the Union?

    The NFL is just doing what your local Wal Mart already did.

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