Media Matters for America: X is placing ads for the NFL on prominent white nationalist accounts. “X (formerly Twitter) has been placing advertisements for the NFL on prominent white nationalist accounts, including accounts that have attacked the league by calling it anti-white. While X has been monetizing those racist accounts, which collectively have over a million followers, a senior NFL executive recently praised company CEO Linda Yaccarino for supposedly ‘doing great work innovating to make the platform better.’” Needless to say NFL has backtracked.
Bucs Nation: Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians to coach Week 17 after COVID-19 positive test. “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that Head Coach Bruce Arians has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently isolating at home.” He will be coaching tomorrow.
ABC News: COVID-19 issues continue in NFL; Colts, Panthers hit hard. “The Indianapolis Cots have placed five players on the COVID-19 list as the virus continues to work its way through NFL locker rooms, even with the vast majority of players in the league vaccinated.”
CBS Philly: Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni Tests Positive For COVID-19. “Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has entered COVID-19 protocols after testing positive for the virus Wednesday, the team said. Sirianni, who was feeling symptomatic, will continue to conduct his responsibilities remotely and remains hopeful to return by Sunday when the Eagles play the New York Giants.”
Sports Illustrated: Jets Coach Robert Saleh Tests Positive for COVID-19. “Jets coach Robert Saleh has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday. Saleh is symptomatic, per the Jets, and the team says he is vaccinated.”
Gothamist: Personal Foul: NFL Officials Allowed To Skip COVID Testing Line In Manhattan. “Employees of the NFL were allowed to skip the line at a COVID testing site listed as a state-partnered facility on Monday, a facility employee and league spokesperson confirmed, sparking outrage among the 100 or so people huddled in the cold who said they’d spent hours queued up for pre-scheduled appointments.”
SB Nation: Report: NFL could change COVID guidelines after Rams, Browns suffer outbreaks. “Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that suggest the NFL plans to revisit its COVID-19 guidelines after 25 players were added to the reserve list in a single day.”
Seahawks Wire: Pete Carroll: Seahawks all getting COVID-19 vaccination booster shots. “No team has done a better job of avoiding the dangers of COVID-19 than these Seahawks. The team incredibly went the entire 2020 season without a single COVID-19 case. There’s only been one so far this year when tight end Gerald Everett tested positive. Everett is vaccinated, though and returned after missing two games. Now, coach Pete Carroll says the entire team is getting booster shots today.”
New York Times: N.F.L. Fines Aaron Rodgers and Packers for Violating Covid-19 Protocols . “The N.F.L. has fined the Green Bay Packers $300,000 and two of its players, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard, $14,650 each for failing to follow the Covid-19 protocols agreed on by the league and players’ union.”
WXOW: Aaron Rodgers won’t play Sunday due to COVID protocol. “Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol and will miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City. Coach Matt LaFleur has confirmed that Rodgers is in the protocol but would not say if he had tested positive. The reigning NFL MVP is the latest Green Bay player to deal with the coronavirus. Wide receivers Davante Adams, a 2020 All-Pro, and Allen Lazard missed last week’s victory at Arizona because of COVID-19 protocols. Green Bay’s backup quarterback is 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love, who has thrown seven passes in his short career.”
Axios: NFL Players Association calls for daily COVID testing for all players. “NFL Players Association President and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter in a blog post Tuesday called for daily COVID-19 testing for all players for the 2021 season due to the spread of the Delta variant.”
Washington Post: The NFL should lead by example and require its players to be vaccinated. “If one of their own — a 6-foot-3, 240-pound former NFL linebacker, now 59 years old and made vulnerable to the ravages of covid-19 by spending part of the past year fighting off a deadly skin cancer — can’t convince the current generation of professional football players working under his tutelage to get the coronavirus vaccine to keep him, his family, themselves, their families and their co-workers and their families safer, then the company that employs them should.”
ESPN: NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol. “Unvaccinated NFL players will be subjected to a fine of $14,650 every time they violate COVID-19 procedures. A spotlight was put on the punishment after a report that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians would fine a player ‘$14,000 on the spot every time he isn’t wearing a mask or is breaking a protocol.’”
CNN: NFL says coronavirus outbreaks among unvaccinated players may lead to forfeits this season. “If a National Football League game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, that team will have to forfeit and will be credited with a loss, the NFL said in a league-wide memo obtained by CNN.”