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NFL reveals forfeit rule to punish unvaccinated players

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The NFL has laid out its strongest incentive but for players to get the vaccine.

According to a memo shared on Twitter by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league has mandated {that a} sport can’t be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst unvaccinated players — and that staff will probably be compelled to forfeit, ensuing “in a loss for playoff seeding.”

The memo stated the league intends to play all of its video games inside the scheduled 18-week interval and a nineteenth week won’t be added to the schedule below any circumstances — an concept that was floated in 2020 amid quite a few outbreaks.

Roger Goodell before a 2020 playoff game.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier than a 2020 playoff sport.Getty Images

Additionally, if a sport is canceled and can’t be rescheduled, neither staff’s players will probably be paid for the sport.

Vaccinated players who check constructive can return to the staff instantly after two unfavorable exams, whereas unvaccinated players will probably be required to isolate for 10 days, in accordance to the memo.

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