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NFL teams face potential pitfalls due to COVID-19 outbreak

NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players may skip regular-season games, with players from both teams not being paid.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell warned 32 teams in a memo obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday that no games would be rescheduled under such circumstances. Instead, there may be forfeiture.

“As we learned last year, if we maintain a firm commitment to following our health and safety protocols and making the necessary adjustments in response to changing circumstances, we can play a full season,” Goodell said.

He added that the league does not anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that need to be moved due to coronavirus issues.

“If a game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak shall be forfeited and deemed to have Have played 16 games for draft purposes, waiver priority, etc,” Goodell said.

For the purposes of playoff seeding, a loss to the forfeiting team and a win to the other team will be counted.

The memo states that if a “spike in vaccinated individuals” causes an outbreak of the virus, we will strive to reduce both the competitive and economic burden on the participating teams.

The NFL has not mandated vaccination. The league and the NFL Players Association, however, are strongly urging team staff and players to do the same.

Last year, in the height of the pandemic, the NFL completed its season, the playoffs and the Super Bowl on time. But the 18th week had a contingency plan to play the makeup game when needed. Postponed several times but no cancellations.

For 2021, the regular season has been extended to 17 games.

The league says more than half of its teams currently have COVID-19 vaccination rates over 80% of their players, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated. All training camps will open by the end of next week.

Almost all clubs have 100% immunized their Tier 1 and 2 staff – essentially players, coaches and other club members who have direct contact with players. In line with guidance given last April, teams have appropriate protocols in place for employees who have not been vaccinated.

In response to Goodell’s memo, the players’ union reminded its players that “the same basic rules were applied last year.”

“The only difference this year is the NFL’s decision to impose additional penalties on clubs that are responsible for the outbreak and the availability of proven vaccines,” an NFLPA memo said Thursday.

“The protocols we jointly agreed to help us get through a full season last year without missing game checks and are in effect when followed.”

The cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, who was stricken with the coronavirus last year, called the vaccine “a touchy subject,” though he said he had been vaccinated.

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