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Rams Enter NFL’s Intensive Protocols Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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As COVID-19 runs wild on the majority vaccinated NFL, the Rams have now closed their facility and entered the league’s intensive protocols, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to NFL Player Health & Safety, the intensive protocols are as follows: Virtual-only meetings; limited outdoor gatherings; increased physical distancing; mask wearing at all times, including for players during practice; and eliminating group meals.

Leading up to the Rams’ Monday Night Football showdown with the Cardinals, the following players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list:

  • CB Jalen Ramsey
  • CB Dont’e Deayon
  • RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
  • TE Tyler Higbee
  • OL Rob Havenstein

Ramsey and Higbee were added to the list just hours before the game was played, which begs the question: Why did the NFL allow this game to be played if it’s really about protecting the players?

With multiple players landing on the list, it clearly was not an isolated incident. The game went forward, however, with every player on the sideline and in the game becoming a close contact with one another.

Tuesday has come and wouldn’t you know it, another member of the Rams has tested positive for COVID-19, per CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson. That would be receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had a season-high six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the 30-23 victory.

The NFL has a widespread COVID-19 problem on its hands, despite having a league-wide vaccination rate of 94.1% as of Nov. 22. On Monday alone, the NFL reported 37 positive tests, the highest number of player positives since COVID-19 began. Schefter reports that another 25 positives are expected on Tuesday.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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  1. It’s almost like they need to just completely drop all covid testing and protocols and move on. Oh wait, that same logic applied this time last year too. If someone is sick, let them go to the doc just like always and forever. If not, who cares.

  2. I thought OBJ was on something during that game! Who knew COVID (Controlling Oppressed Victims Independent Decisions) was a controlled substance!
    Now, about the “intensive protocols”…

    intensive protocols are as follows: Virtual-only meetings; limited outdoor gatherings; increased physical distancing; mask wearing at all times, including for players during practice; and eliminating group meals.

    So we are to believe that the NFL, NBA are now super-spreader events. Funny, the fans are not dropping like flies because… wait for it… they are not stupid enough to get tested!

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