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NFL to forbid postgame jersey swaps for 2020 season

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So players can wrestle, spit and sweat all over each other for 60 minutes.  But exchanging jerseys after the game?  Too risky.  lol.



Proposed NFL game-day protocols include postgame restrictions


Kevin Patra



The NFL game-day experience will look vastly different in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including during postgame celebrations.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that, under proposed NFL-NFLPA game-day protocols, teams would be forbidden from interactions within six feet of each other following games, and jersey exchanges between players would be prohibited, per sources informed of the situation.

The bans were included in the game-day protocols distributed to clubs on Wednesday. Pelissero added, per a union source, that while the joint NFL-NFLPA medical committee has worked together for months to develop these protocols, those sent to clubs last night related to game day have not yet been agreed to and are "still a work in progress."

Other notable proposed game-day changes: On-field fan seating would be prohibited; both teams would travel to the stadium via bus; and media would be banned from the locker room.

Some proposals have been met with criticism by several players, including veteran Richard Sherman.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that, under the proposed protocols, coaches and players wouldn't be required to wear masks on the sideline, but other game-day workers in the bench areas would be required to wear one. Anyone with bench access would be screened pre-game, and all who record a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or might have been exposed to COVID-19 wouldn't be permitted to enter the stadium on game day.

The proposed protocols are set to be in effect during any preseason action, if agreed to. As are all things during the pandemic, they're subject to change as the science, data and situations develop.

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Are players wiping their face with their opponent's sweaty jersey after the swap? 

How about having plastic bags on the sideline that the players can toss their jersey into before swapping? How about just not worrying about something like this in the first place? There will be so much exchanged blood and sweat during the game to worry about swapping jerseys.

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