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NFL to stop daily COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated players

The NFL and NFL Players Association updated COVID-19 protocols ahead of the Divisional Round games Saturday and Sunday.

In a memo sent Friday afternoon to teams, unvaccinated players will no longer be required to be tested daily. The changes were made after the league consulted with infectious disease experts, according to the memo.

According to the memo, every player and staff member will continue to have enhanced symptom screening. Any player to staff member who reports symptoms will be tested promptly with a rapidtest. That person will then be isolated until the results of the test are received.

The NFL and NFL Players Association did not make changes to protocols for players and staff to return after testing positive for COVID-19.

The NFL said last month that nearly 95% of NFL players were vaccinated, and almost 100% of NFL personnel were vaccinated.