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NFL Rosters and COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Today teams in the National Football League (NFL) made their final roster cuts. In most years, your ability to make the final roster of an NFL team is dependent on one factor: how well can you play football. This year, however, some teams used additional criteria to determine whether a player made the team. ESPN reports:

[Jacksonville] Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said he and general manager Trent Baalke took a player’s [COVID-19] vaccination status into consideration during final roster cuts.
Meyer said Tuesday that it was considered because of the more stringent COVID-19 protocols imposed on unvaccinated players who test positive or are identified as high-risk close contacts as compared with the protocols for vaccinated players…
“Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision-maker? It was certainly in consideration.”

According to The Hill, players who are not vaccinated will be required to receive daily tests while those who received a COVID-19 vaccine only need to be tested every week.

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