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The NFL will be re-introducing the regular-season COVID-19 protocols later this month as the league continues to incentivize vaccinations.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports Wednesday night the NFL will be moving back to the regular-season COVID-19 protocols by May 17, according to a memo sent to all 32 teams.

Per the NFL’s official COVID-19 protocols, Tier 1 includes players and any sort of individual that has direct access to the players (coaches, trainers, etc.) while Tier 2 encompasses those who are at least close to the players (general managers, football operations personnel, etc.). Tier 3, on the other hand, includes those who do not need to be near the players.

May 17 commences Phase 2 of the NFL offseason program, which is when on-field work is scheduled to begin.

While the NFL isn’t mandating the COVID-19 vaccine, the league is still incentivizing it. Pelissero additionally reports Wednesday the league is suggesting teams offer vaccines to the rookies that will be attending this offseason’s minicamps.

The league also believes teams should encourage their players to receive the vaccine.

Those who don’t fully receive the vaccine will need to undergo COVID-19 testing each day while those who have been fully vaccinated will just need to test for the coronavirus on a weekly basis.

The NFL is currently experiencing Phase 1 of the offseason program and will be until May 14. Following the week-long second phase, Phase 3 will be four weeks of practice (May 24-June 18) and encompass teams’ mandatory minicamps.

Players from a number of organizations have already exercised their CBA rights to opt-out of any voluntary in-person workouts this offseason amid the lingering pandemic.

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