It's now the NFL's turn to take on COVID-19 testing during their upcoming season, something that each major sports league has handled differently. 

Contrary to other practices, the NFL and NFL Players Association has decided to test less, not more. 

With CDC input on the risk of reinfection, if any NFL player or staffer has had a previous confirmed positive test for COVID-19, they will be removed from the testing pool for 90 days -- a three-month testing holiday, according to NFL chief doctor Allen Sills.

The CDC has presented data that shows "a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after diagnosis."


"This means that if the person who has recovered from COVID-19 is retested within 3 months of initial infection, they may continue to have a positive test result, even though they are not spreading COVID-19."

All other protocols such as wearing a mask, and other precautions geared towards limiting the spread of the virus, will remain the same. 

Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive V.P. of football operations confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the league will use an outside committee to assist the Commissioner with decisions relating to COVID-19 issues, such as postponement, etc. of games. 


The committee will consist of former general managers, former coaches and former players -- all unidentified to this point.