The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to stopping daily COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated players, which allows them to have the same protocols put in place for vaccinated players and coaches last month, ESPN reports.
A memo sent to all 32 NFL teams on Friday (January 21) confirmed unvaccinated players would be added to the league’s existing symptom screening and testing surveillance programs, which implements that any player or coach who reports symptoms will be tested.
The NFL’s most recent COVID-19 data release stated that 95% of the league’s players and nearly 100% of coaching staff members are vaccinated, so the change is expected to only apply to a small group of individuals.
Eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs as of Saturday (January 22) afternoon and a source told ESPN that about 12 players still in playoff contention remain unvaccinated.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose status has made headlines recently, was set to have his 90-day testing exemption following a recent positive case expire soon.
The NFL had a total of 756 players and 478 staff members test positive from December 12 to January 8 amid the omicron surge.
The league claimed most cases were asymptomatic and that led to a shift away from daily testing.