NFL, NFLPA reach agreement on daily COVID-19 testing through Sept. 5
The NFL and NFLPA have reached a formal agreement in regards to daily COVID-19 testing through the end of this year’s installment of training camp. According to an official statement released by the NFLPA on Wednesday afternoon, NFL players will be tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis through Sept. 5.
We have reached an agreement with the @NFL to continue daily testing through September 5th. We will continue to monitor positivity rates within each club and relevant information from each team community to inform our assessment of testing frequency ahead of the regular season.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 12, 2020
Now official after some push back from players earlier in the summer, daily testing will indeed extend through training camp while testing was originally slated to end following two weeks of training camp in addition to switching to every other day if the positive test rate remained below five percent.
“We have reached an agreement with the NFL to continue daily testing through September 5th,” reads the official statement from Wednesday afternoon. “We will continue to monitor positivity rates within each club and relevant information from each team community to inform our assessment of testing frequency ahead of the regular season.”
With the NBA, NHL, WNBA and MLS all opting to utilize the now infamous “bubble” format to resume player, the NFL—along with Major League Baseball—have elected to not move forward in such a fashion. As a result of such a decision, testing to ensure that players do not have COVID-19 becomes that much more important—not to mention the obvious fact that professional football comes along with quite a bit close, physical contact.