The NFL effectively declared the pandemic over Thursday with a new announcement that all COVID protocols are hereby suspended.
According to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, the league and the NFL Players Association have agreed to end all COVID directives, “effective immediately.”
“After nearly two years of restrictions — and not a single game lost to the pandemic — it’s back to normal,” Pelissero wrote. “Finally.”
According to a memo sent to the teams and tweeted by Pelissero, “Based on current encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the counsel of our respective experts, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to suspend all aspects of the joint COVID-19 Protocols.”
That means no more testing of players, regardless of vax status, no more mandated tracking devices, and no more mask requirements.
Remember, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley racked up some $100,000 in fines for refusing to take the vaccine. And there was the Aaron Rodgers thing, where he was mocked for talking about taking ivermectin and other alternatives after getting his positive COVID test.