NFL’s Record Number of COVID-19 Infections

Barely a year after modifying plans and making a big shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL and the sports world will once again have to make adjustments as a new wave propagates around the world. Fans and pundits had a full plate making their predictions and game analysis, even though they could see the best Canadian betting promo codes and how much they were perfect for Week 15.

However, this time, the league is doing what many seem to be doing, adapting on the fly without blowing up its plans entirely.

After Week 15, the list of NFL players on reserve lists due to COVID-19 ballooned to more than 40, with some notable names in the mix.
Cleveland Browns pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Los Angeles Chargers pass-rusher Joey Bosa, and Washington team guard Brandon Scherff.

In the face of the surge, the NFL and the NFLPA have reached a new agreement on their previously agreed COVID-19 protocols. Vaccinated players and staff will no longer be tested as much as they are now unless they show symptoms of the virus.

As a result, the NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement to change COVID-19 protocols. Vaccinated players and staff will be tested less regularly and, for the most part, only when they show symptoms. Also, the quarantine and reinstatement periods of infected players has been reduced.

Under the old protocols, a player had to pass two negative tests at least 24 hours apart or wait a quarantine period of 10 days. With the changes, the threshold has been expanded beyond two negative tests to include tests that determine the player has a viral load below the norm to make them infectious.

The new agreement should allow teams to have players off the reserve list and back quicker on the active roster.

According to the New York Daily, the 47 additions to the COVID-19 list is an NFL record since the pandemic started. This time, however, the league is not in panic mode yet, and the expectation is to carry on with the season while managing the influence of the virus.

The season is inching closer to the end, and teams would be disappointed if they can't finish it off despite the difficulties in running and navigating a tight ship during a pandemic. The players will have to do their part to make the league's job easier.

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