Unvaccinated NFL players will no longer be subject to daily testing for the rest of the postseason, according to a league memo, obtained by The Athletic, that was sent to the remaining eight playoff teams. The significant development in the COVID-19 testing protocol was agreed to by both the league and the NFL Players Association.
Moving forward, all players, regardless of vaccination status, will be subject to “targeted” testing. The league is calling this “a comprehensive, symptom-based approach to testing,” requiring anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to test. It also said the updated protocol “reflects our recent experience with the omicron variant.”
The divisional round of the playoffs begins Saturday with the Bengals taking on the top-seeded Titans in the first game of the afternoon, followed by the Packers hosting the 49ers that evening. The Rams-Bucs and Bills-Chiefs games will take place on Sunday.