NFL Declares Pandemic Over And Ends All-League Protocols

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NFL players who are anti-vaccine, such as Cole Beasley of the Buffalo Bills and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, have gotten a lot of flak for their positions on the league’s government-backed COVID protocols, which were implemented this year.

Beasley, ever stubborn, racked up fines totaling $100,000.

Rodgers was widely mocked for contracting the infection after reportedly lying about his vaccination status. The Packers and the NFL had no means of knowing who had been vaccinated and who hadn’t, so their shock and dismay over the quarterback’s vax status was pure drama.

The league and the NFL Players Association have agreed to remove all COVID directives, effective immediately, according to NFL Network reporter Tom 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,” according to a memo sent to the teams and tweeted by Pelissero.

That means no more player testing, regardless of their vax status, no more tracking devices, and no more mask restrictions.

Not surprisingly, the NFL Scouting Combine began this week and will end on Monday.