The NFL released the following statement on new COVID-19 protocols. Below that is a tweet explaining the changes from Judy Battista.
The NFL and NFLPA have been engaged with our medical advisors to address the emergence of the new Omicron variant and how to stop the spread to ensure we keep everyone safe and complete the remainder of the season responsibly. The intensive protocols implemented last week and the rescheduling of three games were designed to stop the transmission of the virus and play this week’s games safely. After this weekend’s games, we have agreed to put into place a new set of protocols, which will include a more targeted testing plan, more flexibility for players to attend meetings virtually and also a high-risk player opt-out for the remainder of the season.
In a nutshell, the new NFL COVID-19 protocol says fully vaccinated, asymptomatic players/staff don't have to test weekly. Out with weekly, in with "targeted testing" — meaning testing those with symptoms. Unvaccinated still test daily. Big shift in thinking.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) December 18, 2021