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NFL amps up memo; asks players to wear mask on sideline and in the locker room

The NFL updated its COVID-19 protocol in a memo on November 3 following positive COVID-19 test.

The league suggests that all players and personnel wear mask or gaiters on the sideline when they’re not actively participating in a game. Also, players and personnel are required to wear face masks in the locker room before, during and after the game.

Players and coaches will be removed from the play or sideline if they test positive during a game, according to the NFL.

Home teams are required to provide at least 250 disposable surgical masks.

“What we are trying to convey is masks can prevent you from becoming a high-risk contact, which is our goal, so it’s in everybody’s best interest to wear a mask for their protection and again to reduce exposure. We believe that the mask use whether it’s in the locker room, on the sideline, it just reduces your chance of becoming a high-risk contact should someone turn positive.”

NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills said on a conference call.

Multiple teams are dealing with positive COVID-19 test.

Baltimore Ravens, CB Marlon Humphrey, test positive on Nov.1; seven players from the team are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Chicago Bears RG, Germain Ifedi and backup tackle Jason Spriggs, were placed on Reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 3

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and LB Jarrad Davis was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Green Bay Packers, RB AJ Dillon, test positive for COVID-19, RB Jamaal William and LB Kamal Martin were added to the list as close contacts.

49ers place LT Trent Williams and WR’s Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The NFL continues to express the importance of social distancing and face coverings.

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Mecca Lennon has been a Journalist for In The Zone since August 2020. Mecca has experience in journalism and professional writing from experiences obtained in the classroom and through various leadership roles. Mecca has facilitated and assisted in campaigns to enhance social media presence and overall prestige in brands. A Public Relations student at William Paterson University, she aspires to work in a sports related role with an emphasis on the NFL.