The NFL Players Association wants daily COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated players.
The league and union agreed last week to update protocols so that vaccinated players are tested every week instead of every 14 days as they were during training camp.
That’s not enough, according to NFLPA president and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter.
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“Since the start of training camp, we have been testing our vaccinated players once every 14 days. This has been ineffective as we have had many more transmission incidents inside the building this year than last year. “Tretter wrote in a column on the union website. “The NFLPA saw this coming months ago and argued for a return to daily testing as it is a more effective way to stop and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our locker rooms. However, the NFL has decided to move on to the weekly testing; and while this is a step in the right direction, it leaves us open to many of the same issues we have faced. “
The league recently announced that 93% of players are vaccinated. Unvaccinated players are tested daily and are subject to strict protocol requirements. The league did not immediately respond to a request for a response to Tretter’s comments.
“We’re all tired. Nobody likes the fact that this is the world we still live in this season. Nobody likes the mitigation methods,” Tretter wrote. “But we can’t do what’s easy rather than what’s right. We can’t do what’s cheaper than what’s right. Our experts have warned us that due to our current testing cadence, we are more likely to miss games this season than last season. If we continue down this path, I need everyone in the football community to be aware of what lies ahead. “
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In his column, Tretter also criticized the league’s point of provocation.
“We will support the removal of this point of emphasis immediately,” Tretter said. “The fans appreciate the intensity and raw emotion that our players show on the pitch; and the overwhelming majority of the time players understand the line between that emotion and bad sportsmanship.”