The NFL released updated COVID-19 protocols that will further limit interaction in team facilities during the final weeks of the regular season.
The rules, unveiled Friday, change the start of the new work week for NFL teams and are aimed at limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 among players and staff.
Beginning Monday, there won’t be any in-person meetings every Monday and Tuesday. All meetings — whether among staff, coaches, or players and coaches — must be held virtually.
Teams that have short weeks, such as playing on Thursday following a Sunday game, are exempt from the rule.
Coaches may work independently at team facilities but not meet with colleagues. Players can work out on their own but not together. Locker rooms and team cafeterias will remain shuttered those days.
The league revoked the 62-player travel limit, but added the condition that all players who will be on the sideline during a game must stay at the team hotel the night before the game.
The changes come after a COVID-19 outbreak with the Baltimore Ravens organization left more than 20 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Their Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed twice before being played Wednesday. The depleted Ravens, playing without reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, lost 19-14.