NFL teams with COVID-19 outbreaks face forfeits, withheld pay

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NEW YORK -- NFL teams person been warned they could forfeit a crippled owed to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players connected some teams wouldn't get paid that week.

"As we learned past year, we tin play a afloat play if we support a steadfast committedness to adhering to our wellness and information protocols and to making needed adjustments successful effect to changing conditions," Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday successful a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Goodell says the league doesn't not expect adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can't beryllium rescheduled wrong 18-week regular season.

However, forfeits are among the consequences.

"If a crippled can't beryllium rescheduled and is canceled owed to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players connected 1 of the competing teams, the squad with the outbreak volition forfeit and volition beryllium deemed to person played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc," Goodell says successful the memo.

For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting squad volition beryllium credited with a nonaccomplishment and the different squad volition beryllium credited with a win.

The league says much than fractional its teams person COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players, and much than 75% of players are successful the process of being vaccinated.

Nearly each clubs person vaccinated 100% of their Tier 1 and 2 staffs. Teams person due protocols acceptable up for staffers who person not been vaccinated, accordant with the guidance fixed past April.

Among the different cardinal points successful the memo:

- If a vaccinated idiosyncratic tests affirmative and is asymptomatic, helium oregon she volition beryllium isolated and interaction tracing volition promptly occur. The affirmative idiosyncratic volition beryllium permitted to instrumentality to work aft 2 antagonistic tests astatine slightest 24 hours apart, and volition thereafter beryllium tested each 2 weeks oregon arsenic directed by the aesculapian staffs. Vaccinated individuals volition not beryllium taxable to quarantine arsenic a effect of adjacent interaction with an infected person.

- If an unvaccinated idiosyncratic tests positive, the protocols from 2020 volition stay successful effect. The idiosyncratic volition beryllium isolated for a play of 10 days and volition past beryllium permitted to instrumentality to work if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated individuals volition proceed to beryllium taxable to a five-day quarantine play if they person adjacent interaction with an infected individual.

- Anyone who had a erstwhile COVID-19 corruption volition beryllium considered afloat vaccinated 14 days aft they person had astatine slightest 1 dose of an approved vaccine.

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