- There are currently over 90 NFL players sidelined by health protocols
- The NFLPA released as statement blasting the league for taking away a ‘critical weapon’ in the fight to keep players healthy
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President of the NFL Players Association, JC Tretter, released a damming statement directed at the NFL after a massive spike in positive tests. There are currently more than 90 NFL players who are missing practice and/or playing time because of the league’s protocols and the NFLPA is placing the blame square on the league.
Back in September, the NFLPA requested that the league resume daily testing of all players including those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID. Instead, the league only tests fully vaccinated players once a week and now the NFLPA is stating this has backfired. Here’s the statement from NFLPA President JC Tretter on Twitter.
NFLPA Releases Statement Putting NFL On Blast
The NFL decided to take away a critical weapon in our fight against the transmission of COVID-19 despite our union's call for daily testing months ago. We're talking to our player leadership & to the NFL about potential changes to the protocols so that we can complete the season. pic.twitter.com/r14HqZ2iMC
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) December 15, 2021
JC Tretter says:
“The NFL decided to take away a critical weapon in our fight against the transmission of COVID-19 despite our union’s call for daily testing months ago. We’re talking to our player leadership & to the NFL about potential changes to the protocols so that we can complete the season.
For up to six days, the virus spreads throughout the facility with no one knowing. When it gets to the following Monday, the teams resumes testing and 10+ players and staff test positive. Those 10+ people now are in doubt for the following game. Some may be cleared before, but some won’t; and that team will be missing key players.”
The Cleveland Browns have been hit particularly hard. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is out. So is head coach Kevin Stefanski along with Austin Hooper, Jarvis Landry, and others.
The NFLPA has released a full statement expanding on the message above if you want to keep reading that.