Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFLPA's Tretter calls for daily COVID testing for all players

NFLPA President & Browns C JC Tretter said that the NFL has seen more incidents of transmission inside buildings this year than last yearGETTY IMAGES

NFLPA President & Browns C JC Tretter yesterday "issued a stern warning" that all NFL players "should be tested for COVID-19 daily -- either vaccinated or unvaccinated -- or risk not getting through a full NFL season amid the ongoing pandemic and raging Delta variant," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Currently, unvaccinated players are "tested every day," and vaccinated players are "tested once every seven days -- recently changed from once every two weeks at the start of the season." The NFL is "opposed to daily testing for vaccinated players and staff members who work closely with players," and has "only agreed so far to the once-a-week cadence." But Tretter said that once a week "isn’t good enough." Tretter stressed that the league has seen "significantly more incidents of transmission inside the building this year than last year," including an "outbreak among the highly-vaccinated Titans." Tretter on the NFLPA website wrote, “A weekly testing cadence doesn’t just increase the likelihood that the games suffer because players are missing from the field; it also increases the likelihood of a game being cancelled altogether. If a game gets cancelled, nobody gets paid -- including the owners -- for the revenues lost from that game." Cabot notes already this week, vaccinated players such as Cowboys G Zack Martin "could miss the opener against the Bucs after testing positive," and a fully vaccinated Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu "hasn’t been activated for the Browns game after testing positive last week" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/8).

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