The NFL is desperate to rebound after disappointing ratings in 2020.
Stadiums are packed again and ratings are creeping back up.
But Joe Biden’s mandate could derail the NFL’s season.
The NFL regular season is nearing completion, and the playoffs are on the horizon.
But teams and coaches have something else to worry about beyond playoff positioning.
The COVID regime is requiring that all NFL personnel receive the vaccine booster by December 27th.
From The New York Post:
The NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27.
In a memo sent to teams on Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, the league said: “Given the increased prevalence of the virus in our communities, our experts have recommended that we implement the CDC’s recommendation.”
The league’s requirement extends to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals who have previously received the vaccine. The CDC recommends an individual who received a second Pfizer or Moderna shot to complete the primary vaccine series more than six months earlier should receive a booster shot. An individual that received the Johnson and Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot.
Nearly 40 players were added to the COVID/inactive list, which means they have to miss ten days if their test was not a false positive.
Requiring booster shots right before a playoff run could cause all kinds of problems, especially considering the reluctance of many players to get the vaccine.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley were two players who were vocal about their antipathy to forced vaccination.
Both players even contemplated retirement.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards both used fake vaccination cards, and each suffered a three-game suspension as a result.
There has been a lot of chatter that Brown and Edwards weren’t the only players to get fake vaccine passes.
NHL player Evander Kane got busted for doing the same thing.
The Post continued:
The following do not have to meet the requirement:
- An individual who is not eligible for a booster pursuant to the CDC definition.
- An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols.
- An individual who received monoclonal antibodies within the immediately preceding 90 days.
- An individual whose “S” antibody level on an antibody test administered via BRL (BioReference Lab) at the club facility is 2500 or greater.
The league says any individual who is not currently subject to the requirement for boosters will be required to obtain the booster within 14 days of becoming eligible.
Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers missed a game due to COVID, which caused a media firestorm because Rodgers said during the offseason that he had been “immunized.”
If Rodgers or another superstar were to get deactivated during a playoff run, it would completely upset the competitive balance of the playoff picture.
That’s the last thing the NFL wants to see happen.