More than 100 individuals throughout the NFL, NBA, and NHL entered Covid health and safety protocols this week.
The NFL alone had more than 70 players test positive for Covid cases on Monday and Tuesday, and is on pace to surpass the 72 positive cases the league reported on Dec. 2 for the period between Nov. 14 and Nov. 27. The sudden outbreak made the National Football League mandate booster shots for many staffers by Dec. 27 ahead of the critical playoff season.
According to NFL insider Albert Breer, the NFL told owners and executives Wednesday morning that they are discussing “significant changes” to COVID-19 protocols with the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA). Those reported changes have not leaked out as of yet.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was added to the COVID-19 reserve list less than 24 hours after catching a touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals. Beckham was among nine Rams players to go on the COVID-19 list.
Kansas City Chiefs placed one key player in the health and safety protocols each day with a crucial AFC West matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers looming Thursday.
It should be noted that the mandate doesn’t apply to players because discussions with the NFL Players Association are ongoing.
Per league rules, individuals who test positive are isolated, not permitted in team facilities, and can’t have direct contact with players or personnel.
The NFL is holding an owners’ meeting in Dallas this week, and league commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to further address the league’s Covid outbreak on Wednesday afternoon.