The NFL has maintained strict COVID-19 protocols by ensuring the coaches, players, and staff are tested daily for the COVID-19 to curb the spread of coronavirus in the league.
So far, there have been 40,479 tests of team personnel and players from Sept. 6-12, and only 2 players and 5 team personnel have tested positive for the COVID-19.
During the training camp, we saw a handful of players have placed on the list, including quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Gardner Minshew, with more other players equivalent to 24 being on the list.
On Friday, the NFL issued a memo ahead of the NFL Week 3 games reminding teams about game day protocols. It comes after they imposed fines of $100,000 each on five head coaches and $250,000, respectively, of their clubs, totaling $1.75 million.
They remain adamant about continuing imposing disciplinary measures on any person or club who do not adhere to face-covering rules during games.
Though for the active players in the bench area, they are excused from wearing face masks. The rest on the sidelines, including the coaches, players not being substituted into the game, are mandated to wear face masks least getting fined by the NFL.
An unnamed team is currently under investigation for unauthorized locker room access, which violates the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Where it restricts not exceeding of persons more than 40 in access to the locker room.
Sadly, Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J Terrell becomes the first NFL player placed on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive for the coronavirus since the 2020 season started.
The team had declined to confirm reports on Terrell tests for the coronavirus in Friday’s testing, but on Saturday, the results proved it. And he was nowhere to be seen during Saturday’s walk-through despite participating in Friday’s practice.
Falcons have since commenced contact tracing to identify anyone who came in contact with Terrell, and the team has yet to confirm any other person with positive test results. The contact tracing isn’t that hard because all the NFL players, the coaches, and team staffers wear tracking devices inside team facilities.
Terrell is the second NFL player to miss a game this season due to the COVID-19 issue after a team withheld an unidentified player from playing in his team game last Sunday. He had exhibited COVID-19 symptoms that morning though the previous day tested negative of the coronavirus.
Terrell will miss their Sunday game against the Chicago Bears, who will be coming to the game after winning their previous games while the Falcons have a winless game from two games.
The NFL Week 3 game will see the Falcons without the likes of Safety Ricardo Allen due to Elbow injury, Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield with a foot injury, and A.J Terrell, who is in the COVID-19 Reserve List.
Remember to keep a distance, wear a mask, sanitize your hands whenever you go out, and safeguard one another from the COVID-19.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.