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NFL owners, players announce return-to-play protocol for positive Covid-19 tests + travel rules

The NFL owners and players are reaching agreement on certain protocols around health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. We break down the latest news.

A general view TIAA Bank Field during the Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on July 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

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.