Sick NFL players must isolate even if negative

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The NFL is following a policy that requires players and team staff members to isolate if they experience COVID-19 symptoms, even if their most recent test result was negative, chief medical officer Allen Sills said Thursday.

As a result, there likely will be an uptick in missed practices and perhaps games as the team medical staffs work to determine the source of the symptoms. The coming cold and flu season will add a new level of complexity to the task and will serve as a sharp break in routine for players and coaches who in previous years routinely pushed through illnesses to get onto the field for games.

“We’re always going to err on the side of safety and we’re going to support the medical judgment of the medical staff,” Sills said in a conference call with reporters. “Everyone has the same goal here and that’s to operate as safely as we can. … 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

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