By ROB MAADDI, AP Professional Soccer Author
The NFL is increasing the sideline space to provide groups extra space to distance and masks utilization is now obligatory earlier than and after video games and at halftime.
The updates to the COVID-19 protocols had been despatched to golf equipment in a memo on Tuesday, a day after the league discovered two gamers who performed in video games Sunday examined constructive.
The league is also strongly encouraging gamers to put on masks every time they arrive off the sector and groups in intensive protocol are prohibited from holding in-person teaching and personnel conferences.
“What we are attempting to convey is masks can forestall you from turning into a high-risk contact, which is our purpose, so it’s in everyone’s greatest curiosity to put on a masks for his or her safety and once more to cut back publicity,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills mentioned on a convention name. “We consider that the masks use whether or not it’s within the locker room, on the sideline, it simply reduces your likelihood of turning into a high-risk contact ought to somebody flip constructive.”
Ravens All-Professional cornerback Marlon Humphrey has confirmed he was one of many constructive instances who performed Sunday. Outcomes from pre-game checks aren’t instantly out there. Sills mentioned if the league learns somebody is constructive throughout a sport that particular person can be faraway from the sport or sideline.
Baltimore added seven gamers to the Reserve/COVID-19 checklist Tuesday, together with beginning linebackers Matthew Judon, Patrick Queen and L.J. Fort. Linebackers Malik Harrison and Tyus Bowser had been additionally placed on the COVID together with beginning security DeShon Elliott and defensive again Terrell Bonds.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers positioned working again AJ Dillon on the Reserve/COVID-19 checklist Monday after he examined constructive and added working again Jamaal Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin to the checklist as high-risk, shut contacts on Tuesday.
The Chicago Bears positioned proper guard Germain Ifedi and backup sort out Jason Spriggs on the Reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Tuesday. And the Lions added linebacker Jarrad Davis to the reserve/COVID-19 checklist.
The Denver Broncos mentioned Tuesday normal supervisor John Elway and workforce president Joe Ellis examined constructive.
“We’re attempting to double down on high-risk, shut contacts throughout sport day so we’re asking our golf equipment to have their gamers put on masks on the sideline, within the locker room and we’re mandating it for the post-game interactions which may happen between groups as a result of we predict these are all susceptible areas the place we see contact occurring that might be high-risk contact,” Sills mentioned.
“So our memo to the membership illustrates that time. It additionally talks concerning the essential significance of avoiding in-person conferences for teaching staffs after they’re on this intensive protocol. We’ve got seen some transmission round teaching staffs and we predict that’s been associated to the period of time that they’ll spend collectively in conferences as they’re doing their game-planning and their preparation work. So we actually wish to double down on that time as nicely.”
The sideline space will stretch from one 20-yard line to the opposite.
“Our focus and efforts actually proceed to be limiting these exposures, notably for the high-risk, shut contacts,” mentioned Daybreak Aponte, the NFL’s chief soccer administrative officer. “And as we mentioned earlier than, these high-risk shut contacts are actually issues which might be inside the membership’s management and particular person’s management.”
Sills mentioned of the 130-plus constructive instances reported amongst gamers and employees, one particular person required hospitalization.
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