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NFL teams have been warned that outbreaks of Covid-19 among non-vaccinated athletes will result in forfeitures.

Teams in the NFL have been advised that if they are hit with Covid-19 outbreaks among non-vaccinated players, they will have to forfeit games.
The commissioner of the league also stated that if the league had to cancel any games, the players on both teams will not be paid for the week.
Roger Goodell also stated that the NFL will not add a 19th week to make up for any games that will be canceled due to Covid-19 during the regular season’s planned 18 weeks.
“As we learned last year,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to clubs, “we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety rules and making necessary adjustments in reaction to changing situations.”
“If a game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a Covid epidemic among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be regarded to have played 16 games for reasons of draft, waiver priority, and other matters,” he added.
According to the league, nearly all teams have immunized 100% of their Tier 1 and Tier 2 staff, which includes coaching and training personnel.
Last season, the league rescheduled a number of games to finish the season and avoided having to cancel any of the games entirely.
It also stated that it wants to play full 272-game schedule normally this year.
The NFL has stated that vaccinations would not be mandated, but the new rules and fines represent the league’s toughest action to yet to encourage teams to ensure that their players and coaches are up to date on their vaccinations.
The regular season is set to begin on September 9, 2022, with Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl LV winner Tampa Bay meeting Dallas in the NFL Kickoff Game.
The Super Bowl will be place in Los Angeles, California on February 13th.