In this Friday’s NFL news: league proposes vaccination order and more tests for players, Colts place Eric Fisher and Quenton Nelson in COVID-19 Reserve, Ron Rivera has yet to name starting QB for WFT, and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.
NFL Proposes Vaccination Order and More COVID-19 Testing for Players
This Thursday, NFL general counsel Larry Ferazani said in a conference call that the league has proposed a COVID-19 vaccination order for all players, but that the NFLPA has been opposing that mandate.
The comments come just a day after Browns union president and center JC Tretter commented on ESPN Radio that the league never asked for such an order. However, Ferazani said Thursday that he does not know where Tretter’s comments came from: “We would love for that mandate to go into effect tomorrow,” Ferazani added.
Additionally, the NFLPA has also lobbied to return to daily COVID-19 testing for all players, while the league has proposed testing vaccinated players once a week. This would be twice as many tests as is currently required, since vaccinated players perform tests every 14 days, while non-vaccinated players do it daily.
So far, according to NFL Medical Director Dr. Allen Sills, nearly 93% of NFL players are vaccinated. There have been only 68 positive results out of 7,190 tests for the virus between August 1 and August 21, for a positivity rate of 0.95%. Vaccinated players tested positive at a 0.3% rate, while unvaccinated players tested positive at a seven times higher rate (2.2 percent), Sills concluded.
Finally, it should be remembered that for this year vaccinated players do not have to quarantine after close contact with someone who tests positive, in fact, they can return to training after being negative in consecutive tests that are carried out 24 hours apart. each. How should the NFL act on COVID-19 for the 2021 NFL Season in light of the increase in cases that have occurred in recent days?
The NFL has proposed a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for players. The NFLPA is opposed. https://t.co/gHHE3Fa2WF
– The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 26, 2021
Colts place Eric Fisher and Quenton Nelson in COVID-19 Reserve
After undergoing a surgical procedure earlier this month, LG Quenton Nelson was able to return to Colts practice on Monday, noting that he was “doing everything possible” to get to the start of the 2021 NFL season healthy. However, his return was short-lived. This Thursday, Indianapolis confirmed that Nelson was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, and sadly, it is not the only casualty that the team suffered; they also placed LT Eric Fisher on the same list.
It is still unknown if these movements are the consequence of a positive result or if they were only classified as high-risk close contacts. However, one thing is clear: the loss of both players hurts the Indianapolis offensive line, which is clearly one of the best in the NFL when it is healthy.
Thus, the Colts join a list that includes teams such as the Vikings, Bills and Titans, which in recent days have had problems controlling outbreaks of COVID-19. Will Fisher and Nelson recover in time for the start of the regular season?
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 26, 2021
Ron Rivera has yet to name the WFT’s starting QB for this 2021
With the passage of the offseason there are unknowns that have been answered: Jacksonville appointed its starting QB for this 2021, Denver did the same, but apparently, the WFT still has the vacancy open. Just two weeks before the start of the regular season, HC Ron Rivera, has not officially named Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, and this Thursday, he explained to journalists that this decision will be revealed at the appropriate time:
“There will be an appropriate time when I sit down and talk about the guys that are going to start for this team, but that will be a time for us, for the team,” Rivera said. “I like to do that. I like guys to know who our owner is. I think that’s important. (…). I think it’s something I need to tell all of them instead of it leaking. “
However, for Fitzpatrick it is not about something leaking or not. The veteran came to Washington during this offseason presumably to lead the offense, or is Rivera thinking of starting the season with Taylor Heinicke? It would be a very risky bet because, despite having played splendidly in the Playoffs last year against the Buccaneers, the experience of the Old Dominion graduate in the NFL is almost nil, registering a total of 467 yards, 2 TD and 3 INT in 8 games played.
This is why, apparently, there is still no reason to believe that Fitzpatrick’s position is in serious jeopardy. Even so, until Rivera does not name a holder, there will always be the possibility that the chosen one is Heinicke. Who should start Week 1 of this new season for the WFT?
Washington coach Ron Rivera still hasn’t named a starting quarterback https://t.co/lNiVk5qChm
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 26, 2021
A’Shawn Robinson to undergo knee surgery
In more NFL news, Rams defensive end A’Shawn Robinson will have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, HC Sean McVay reported Thursday: “A’Shawn is going to have a little knee procedure. so he’ll be out for the next few weeks, ”said McVay, via Cameron DaSilva of USA Today.
The Rams open the 2021 regular season against the Bears on September 12, however, it is unclear if Robinson will return in time to play. This would be a tough loss to overcome as he is the projected starter at the position, with Eric Banks and Earnest Brown IV being the two players behind on the depth chart.
Los Angeles signed Robinson during the 2020 offseason, but he played just eight games after starting the year on the non-football-related injury list. Thus, in his five-year career, the veteran Alabama graduate registers 184 total tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 17 passes defended. Will he be able to return in time for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Season?
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 26, 2021
Saints would move their game Saturday due to tropical storm
The Saints are scheduled to host the Cardinals tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, in a game corresponding to Week 3 of the 2021 NFL Preseason. However, due to a tropical storm, these plans could take a different course.
The tropical storm Going formed last Thursday afternoon, becoming the ninth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic season. Tracking the same sample that will eventually reach New Orleans, and is forecast to make landfall on Sunday, possibly as a major hurricane. 2.
For this reason, the Saints, through their social networks issued a statement: “We are monitoring tropical storm Ida and we will have more definitive information this Friday morning from which we can make the safest possible decision in relation to it. Saturday game. We are in contact with city officials, the National Weather Service, Homeland Security and the NFL. “
The problem lies in the fact that the game against Arizona is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Central Mexico. So it would make sense for the league to decide to reschedule the game to an earlier time on Saturday so that the game takes place and the Cardinals have time to get out of New Orleans long before the storm starts. What decision will the Saints and the NFL make in this regard?
– New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 26, 2021
This is today’s NFL news.
Want to hear more news from the NFL? Do not miss Under Review, the official news program of Primero y Diez where we review the best of the day, from Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. from Central Mexico, along with Jorge Tinajero, Luis Obregón and more.
You can watch the episode of Thursday, August 26 through the Primero y Diez official channel on YouTube or direct from here:
In case you missed it: