Decision-makers on the NFL conferences this week are discussing a pivot away from the league’s present COVID testing measures. Finally.
According to SI’s Albert Breer, the NFL might undertake a brand new coverage that’d now not demand COVID testing for gamers who’ve acquired a booster shot:
One thought being mentioned in NFL circles on the December assembly: Incentivizing gamers getting the COVID-19 booster shot with the promise they’re going to cease testing gamers who’ve gotten it. Given the Browns’ and Rams’ conditions, it is value contemplating.
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— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 15, 2021
The NFL’s COVID coverage relating to asymptomatic optimistic gamers is shortly ruining the season’s latter weeks.
The Browns have positioned 14 gamers on the reserve/COVID checklist the previous two days, together with QB Baker Mayfield, who’s reportedly “feeling fine.” Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski additionally examined optimistic, although he has already acquired a booster shot. Both Mayfield and Stefanski are anticipated to overlook the workforce’s recreation on Saturday in opposition to the Raiders.
Well, the Browns’ recreation is ruined, as is Thursday’s Chargers-Chiefs matchup that would resolve the AFC West. This week, the Chargers’ otherworldly left deal with Rashawn Slater and Chiefs’ star defender Chris Jones examined optimistic for COVID. Slater and Jones now hardly have time to return two obligatory adverse assessments at the least 24 hours aside to clear protocols earlier than Thursday.
And it doesn’t cease there. At least 62 gamers have examined optimistic prior to now two days. So at essentially the most pivotal level within the NFL common season, many gamers who really feel superb and who’re probably vaccinated can’t play.
COVID will not be going away. The vaccine is much less of a vaccine than it’s a therapeutic, which suggests it prevents extreme circumstances and hospitalization.
So the NFL should both make a change to its COVID coverage or settle for that some gamers and coaches — vaccinated, unvaccinated, or all boostered up — is not going to be obtainable within the playoffs. And as a result of the NFL’s unlikely to ease restrictions for unvaccinated gamers, the proposal to alleviate the restrictions on gamers who’ve acquired the booster might be as good because the NFL will get.
Get one thing performed. Immediately.