The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to new COVID protocols for the 2021 NFL season, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. There are changes in place that affect both the players and members in the media.

Among some of differences this year for the players that are vaccinated – no daily testing will be required and neither will masks. All travel restrictions will be lifted and they’ll have the ability to use certain areas of the facilities. This also means that teammates can gather together again in the dining room, which they weren’t allowed to do such last season.

For players that are not vaccinated, the protocols remain similar. There will be travel restrictions for road games and only 15 players at a time can be in the weight room, along with other restrictions.

Pelissero posted an entire thread of all the rules and guidelines, which you can read below.

 

As for the media –  fully vaccinated members will be allowed to conduct in person interviews at practice and after games. They will have access to the team’s facility, but will still have to wear a mask. Non-vaccinated media will not be permitted in the press box, on the field or in the locker room post-game.

This is a big step up on both sides from last season when the Bucs won Super Bowl LV. Every interview during that time was conducted via Zoom. No one but employees in the organization were allowed in the facility. Players would also have to meet in different areas outside and couldn’t all be in a room at the same time.

With the creation of COVID vaccines like the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, states have been opening up more. We’ve already seen changes in access to individuals in Tampa. Bruce Arians was able to conduct his interviews following Bucs’ OTAs and mini-camp in person.

Arians has encouraged his players to get vaccinated, but ultimately said it’s a personal choice. The goal was for the Bucs to have 85 percent of the team vaccinated before the season.

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mark2001
1 month ago

Sounds like the league and players are taking this seriously. The sooner we are vaccinated, as Bruce said, the sooner we can get totally back to normal, and the disease will be pretty much in the rear view mirror. Too much money and many lives at stake to deny the reality of the situation. Looking forward to another great football season.

Horse
1 month ago

They would be fools if they didn’t. This is not about politics or right of freedom of choice; it’s stopping a virus that has killed 600,000 Americans and will continue to kill until we choose to stop it.

cobraboy
1 month ago

The NFLPA has gone all PC Woke.

drdneast
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

I prefer being awake, rather than in a unconscious sleep. Geeeesh. PC is the right’s disdain for what our parents called good manners.

cobraboy
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

“PC is the theory that it’s possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.” “Good Manners” is leaving a person’s life, person, and property alone. But that is not what Woke PC does at all. In fact, just the opposite. ———————— It will look ridiculous when this entire flu scare is shown to be not that big of a deal and was just a politically-driven, grossly exaggerated flu that was human created for bad reasons (lookin’ at you, Loyal Comrade Fauci…). There is a ton of actual data out there that proves this. How many are aware that,… Read more »

buccaneerNW
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

You’re a boob.

Runole
Reply to  buccaneerNW
1 month ago

Well he has more and better antibodies than you have if you took the vaccine. Continue to wear your mask at all times if it makes you feel good about yourself.

cobraboy
Reply to  buccaneerNW
1 month ago

Please factually debunk my statements, or be known as just another ignorant political hack.

TCB2W!
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

Is this the cove?

buccaneerNW
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

Studies show that the vax gives a stronger antibody response than getting the virus.
Also, it’s not the flu. Saying so makes you an ignoramus.
The side making it political was the deniers, conspiracy theory promoters and mask protesters. Morons.

buccaneerNW
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

Also, 600,000 people don’t die from the flu.
Calling Fauci “Loyal Comrade” also displays your utter incompetence at reasonableness and reality.

76Buc
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Big difference between being awake and being woke.

Runole
1 month ago

So proof of immunity by a positive antibody test is not valid? Pray it never happens but when the first player with positive antibodies that takes the vaccine and has serious issues is going to really open a can of worms. Understand, I am not anti -vaccine but messing with an immune system that is already positive for antibodies is dangerous. This opinion comes from Dr. Peter McCullough, MD who is an internist and cardiologist, along with being a professor of medicine at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. He is distinguished as the most published person in history in… Read more »

cobraboy
Reply to  Runole
1 month ago

Exactly.
The inventor of the PCR stated often that the test should NOT be diagnostic, and any cycle above 35 would yield 95-97% false positives.

scubog
1 month ago

Here’s my opinion. “To each his own”. After the country politicized yet another issue on which everyone should reasonably agree, I’m just over it.”Follow the science” is a cute catchphrase, if only science could have a consensus and stop being less than truthful by concealing much of the information. People can think for themselves! If you want to wear a mask or even two masks and stay confined to your personal bubble, go right ahead. Me, I had my shots, taken off that practically useless Bucs mask, and glad most of the rest of the country is starting to realize… Read more »