The NFL announced that any player or coach who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 will be forced to self isolate even if they test negative.
"We're always going to err on the side of safety, and we're going to support the medical judgment of the medical staff," said the NFL's chief medical officer Allen Sills.
Even though more players could end up missing practices and games, the league would prefer to err on the side of caution.
"When you look at the big picture, our goal is to make sure we don't put someone on the field that we think might be actively infected. If we're going to make a mistake, we would rather make a mistake on the side of being cautious and keeping people off the field. If it turns out that those were non-COVID symptoms, I think we would all be happy with that outcome," Sills said.
The length of the self-isolation will be determined on a "case-by-case basis" as doctors try to determine the cause of the symptoms.
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was sent home from the team's facility with an undisclosed illness. He was not at the team's facility despite testing negative for COVID-19, and the team has not said if he will suit up when the Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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