Vaccinated players will be required to be tested at least once every seven days, and they have the option for more testing if they want it, ESPN reported. Recently, the NFL Players Association and the NFL came to an agreement to increase testing for vaccinated players as they prepare for a new season with the delta variant, reported NBC. Ninety-three percent of players training for the coming season had gotten at least one dose of a vaccine. Unvaccinated players will have to wear masks indoors, but they won’t have to wear them outdoors, ESPN reported.
Brady said he expects some players will contract COVID-19 even though his entire team is 100 percent vaccinated because vaccinated players will have fewer restrictions on their movements than last year. “I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans,” he said.
“It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year. It’s going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it,” he said. Brady said the coming season will be “challenging” against the backdrop of the delta variant of the coronavirus and the continued spread of COVID-19, reported NBC News.
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