LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The National Football League on Thursday released a memo threatening forfeits and loss of game checks if an outbreak among unvaccinated players causes an unsolvable disruption to the regular season schedule.
“These operating principles are designed to allow us to play a full season in a safe and responsible manner, and to deal fairly with any competitive or financial issues,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the memo. “While there is no doubt that health conditions have improved from last year, we cannot be complacent or just assume that we will be able to play without interruption.”
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The league has previously encouraged players to get the shot, but has not required it under an agreement with the NFL Players Association.
Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quick to respond to the latest push to get players vaccinated, saying the league was “pushing / influencing” players to get the shot.
” I currently know 2 people who have received the vaccine but are covid positive, ”he wrote in a tweet. “I say it like that. I wouldn’t look at a teammate so badly if he didn’t get the vax, no pressure of 5.”
… Whether or not you are vaccinated, there is always a chance of contracting covid.
I thought my point was simple but I guess not lol
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– Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 22, 2021
It’s important to note that the latest NFL policy appears to only apply to players who have not been vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 and not those with groundbreaking cases.
According to an NFL network report, over 78% of league players have had at least one shot and 14 clubs have at least 85% of players vaccinated. The 32 teams have a vaccination rate of at least 50%, the outlet said.
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Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff is also considering a similar move, who said he would meet with conference athletic directors on Monday and speak to campus medical directors before making any changes to current policy.