NFL discipline will be dished out for players who attend high risk events. NFL players who contract the coronavirus through “high-risk” activity away from team facilities. They can face team discipline. Might also be at risk of not being paid. According to the league’s new protocol.
The NFLPA sent out a memo to agents over the weekend, outlining several rules governing player contracts. Opt-out provisions and the contractual consequences of a canceled season.
Players will be required to test negative twice before they will be allowed entry to the team facility at the start of training camp. Similar to the NBA and NHL. Any player who is diagnosed with COVID-19 after two negative entry tests will have his condition diagnosed as a football injury. According the NFL/NLFPA agreement, and the team will be able to place that player on a COVID-19-specific injured reserve list, from which he will be allowed to return after meeting certain criteria.
Covid19 Memo Regarding NFL Discipline for High Risk Events
The memo also states: “Clubs/NFL can challenge designation as a football related injury if it can prove that the player contracted COVID-19 through engaging in high risk conduct below.”
“Players are going to have to be careful outside the building,” Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth said. Last week on a conference call after disclosing that he and his entire family got the virus. After one of them went to lunch with a friend. “All it takes is one exposure, and it can spread like wildfire.”