The NFL owners and players are negotiating the many health and safety protocols needed to implement a season during the Covid-19 pandemic. The league announced some of their return-to-play guidelines on Friday for players who test positive for Covid-19.
Players who have tested positive and recovered or who have tested positive for antibodies will undergo additional cardiac screening. If a player has a mild symptomatic infection, they must complete a minimum three-day progressive exercise protocol under team medical staff supervision with appropriate clinical monitoring. If a player has a moderate to severe infection,t hey must complete a progressive exercise protocol for a recommended seven days or equal to twice the duration of the hospitalization.
This comes following word the league will have a three-week injured reserve spot available for those who test positive for Covid-19. There is no word yet what happens to a player who needs more than three weeks to return from the virus.
The league also released information on travel rules, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. For this year, they include:
- No use of public or private transportation to or in other cities.
- No leaving hotel to go to restaurants open to public.
- No room visits by anyone outside the traveling party.
- No use of shared hotel facilities (pool, gym, etc.)
- Masks required while traveling.
- Buses at no more than 50 percent capacity.
- At least one open seat between passengers on the plane.