The NFL and NFLPA Are Completely Suspending All COVID-19 Protocols

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The NFL and NFLPA Are Completely Suspending All COVID-19 Protocols

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The COVID-19 pandemic re-shaped lives near and far. And with it, altered the course of professional sports in America.

That, of course, included the NFL — which often acts with a sense of obliviousness when it comes to anything that isn’t football-related. Nevertheless, the league felt the impact of the global pandemic in a variety of ways, even if no games were lost.

So while the then-novel coronavirus hasn’t been eradicated, the NFL – nearly two years after instituting various rules and protocols that have been in line with local and national standards – is taking a significant step forward:

In a memo that went to each of the league’s 32 teams, the NFL and NFLPA announced it was suspending all COVID-19 protocols. Effective immediately. No more mandatory testing. An end to mask-wearing in team facilities. No limitations to how many people can be in a room. It’s all  back to normal as far as the league is concerned.

And with that, I hope that is the last COVID-19/NFL post we have to do as a site.

It is wild to think about where we’ve gone since March 2020. I try not to think about it because nostalgia can put you on one heckuva kick if you allow it to take you too far off course. But it is nuts to think about how the 2020 Scouting Combine was the last big pre-COVID NFL event. Since then, we’ve seen the league iron out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, lock up a bunch of money in media deals, and have played two seasons without a game cancellation. From a big picture perspective, that makes for quite the set of accomplishments, especially compared to the other major pro leagues. Hopefully, the NFL finding the light at the end of the tunnel is a sign that other institutions will follow when ready.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.