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NFL drops testing for asymptomatic vaccinated players

NEW YORK (AP) – Only unvaccinated players and those experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested, starting Sunday, according to the NFL’s revised protocols.

Additionally, higher-risk players must give written notice until 2pm on Monday if they opt out, according to a memo sent to clubs on Saturday and obtained by the Associated Press. Press obtained. Players will not be paid and this notice is irrevocable.

“Medical information indicates that this variant is significantly more contagious but may be less severe than previous variants, especially for people who are fully vaccinated and have received booster shots. back,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in another memo sent to the clubs. “Our experience with the omicron variant is entirely in line with this expectation – while more players and staff are testing positive, about two-thirds of them are asymptomatic, most individuals The rest have only mild symptoms and the virus seems to be positive. instances are faster than true for delta variants or earlier variants. In many respects, omicron seems to be a very different disease than the one we faced for the first time in the spring of 2020.”

On Friday, the league moved three games scheduled for this weekend because of the COVID-19 outbreak: Las Vegas in Cleveland from Saturday to Monday; and Seattle at the Los Angeles Rams and Washington in Philadelphia Sunday through Tuesday.

In addition to a targeted testing plan and an opt-out option, the new protocols give players more flexibility when it comes to virtual meetings.

Earlier this week, the league and the NFL Players Association updated protocols to allow asymptomatic vaccinated players to return sooner if they test negative twice on the same day, or a negative test and antibody test indicates that the individual has reached a certain level.

Dr Tony Casolaro, Washington’s chief medical officer, said on a conference call that 21 of the 23 players on the team who tested positive would be able to train based on mild symptoms.

“We will continue to monitor health and public health developments, both overall and at each club, and stand ready to adjust procedures as necessary, including as necessary,” Goodell said. including offering greater flexibility based on medical considerations.”

Previously, the NFL had not planned to move any games because of the coronavirus outbreak. It even says that lost “can be played.” But recent developments with the omicron strain of COVID-19 have changed the league’s mindset – as have several league-wide outbreaks in Week 15 of the season.

The Browns had another positive starting line-up test as they practiced indoors on Saturday in preparation for the Raiders.

Rookie James Hudson III has been added to the reserve/COVID-19 roster, joining right-back Wyatt Teller and left-back Jedrick Wills Jr on a roster of up to two dozen players – and 12 starters.

Given the league’s relaxed testing protocols, there’s a chance the Browns could put some players back in time for the Raiders.

Coach Kevin Stefanski, who was also sidelined after testing positive, said: “If people come back, that’s great. “Otherwise, we’ll be fine.”

Elsewhere, the Chicago Bears activated the spearhead to deal Eddie Goldman off the bench/COVID-19 on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play in Monday night’s game against Minnesota.

The Dallas Cowboys have included defensive players Trysten Hill and Osa Odighizuwa on the roster.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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