NFL Teams With Unvax’d Players To Forfeit Games, Incur Financial Liability During Outbreaks

The NFL has notified clubs that if there’s a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, teams who can’t reschedule during the 18-week season will forfeit the match, be credited with a loss, and potentially incur financial liability and discipline from the commissioner.

According to the NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero, the league intends to play its entire 272-game schedule over 18 weeks, and ‘does not anticipate adding a ’19th week’ to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled within the current 18 weeks of the regular season.”

In short, all players need to be vaccinated unless teams want to risk running afoul of the new guidelines.

More via Pelissero:

  • Vaccinated individuals who test positive and are asymptomatic can return to duty after two negative tests 24 hours apart.
  • Unvaccinated individuals still subject to mandatory 10-day isolation period.
  • “Every club is obligated under the Constitution and Bylaws to have its team ready to play at the scheduled time and place. A failure to do so is deemed conduct detrimental. There is no right to postpone a game.”
  • If a club cannot play due to a Covid spike in vaccinated individuals, we will attempt to minimize the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams.

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