NFLPA president J.C. Tretter continues to call for daily COVID-19 testing of players


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter is standing his ground.

Tretter believes the NFL needs to implement mandatory daily testing of players for COVID-19 again.

Tretter, who wrote about it in his monthly NFLPA newsletter posted on the organization’s website earlier this month, reiterated his point once again Monday.

“We think that’s the safest way to go about it,” Tretter said. “We haven’t had any problems through the first week. We have the means to make sure we don’t have any problems and our two pillars [are] to make sure we keep everybody as healthy as possible and make sure we get all of the games played, and we think we should be doing everything possible to ensure that.”

Tretter believes all players – vaccinated and unvaccinated – are at risk as the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to be prevalent.

This season vaccinated players are now tested every seven days. They started training camp being tested every 14 days. Unvaccinated players must test daily and wear masks in the facility.

In 2020 everyone abided by the same protocols but this year there are two sets of rules.

Tretter is worried that vaccinated players could potentially shed the virus regardless of symptoms between testing periods causing an outbreak, leading to players missing games or games themselves being cancelled.

“We absolutely do not want games to be cancelled or people to have to miss games, not be able to play because of COVID,” Tretter said. “We want to have everything done so that those two things happen. We don’t want to see an incident where one of those things occurs.

“We’re very hopeful that it won’t, and we know what we think is the best way or path forward. The NFL obviously thinks differently. They’ve been pretty public about their expectation that this is adequate. We’ll see as the year goes on.”