Looks like the NFL playoffs will go on as planned without a bubble
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith held a Zoom call with NFL reporters on Tuesday afternoon to talk about COVID-19 and how things have gone this season for the players.
Smith stressed that the fact that the players have been following the protocols laid out by the NFL and the NFLPA, it’s really helped their positivity rate stay so low this season.
Honestly, I never thought the NFL would be able to finish this season and right now we’re heading into week 17. It’s remarkable the job that they’ve done.
One reporter asked Smith if a “bubble” was needed for the upcoming playoffs and Smith said no because their positivity rate is so low.
What’s also been great about this season is that with NFL players getting tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis, they never had to take away any tests that the community might need to help with surveillance. Smith said if they had known before the season started that they would taking tests away from the public they never would have gone through with it.
I would imagine that playoff teams will really stress to their players that they need to stay quarantined as much as they can outside of their practice facility in order to reduce their chances of getting infected with COVID.