LA Rams hope delayed game will translate into getting players back

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If you have been keeping score, the LA Rams roster has been demolished by a spiking outbreak of COVID-19 positive tests among vaccinated players. That’s right, fully vaccinated players. They contracted the disease, and have apparently transmitted the disease to one another. But even vaccinated players can suffer both, and the fact is that 29 of the LA Rams players have suffered from that fact so far.

This was always the risk that the NFL, and the LA Rams, has for the most part avoided until this past week. How? Daily testing allowed teams to isolate and quarantine players as soon as possible. Tracing their contacts allowed teams to remove other potential players from infecting others until they successfully tested negative. But after the vaccine was available, and NFL players received both the initial vaccine and the booster, those protocols were relaxed somewhat.

The hard truths

There is a lot of information out there right now, but much of it is falls into the category of misinformation on either side of the issue. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth are rare finds indeed right not. If you want the latest established facts about COVID-19, check out the CDC website. If you want to learn about the NFL and its latest updated protocols, you can check out the NFL article here.

I won’t weigh in on the ethics or morality of the matter. All I will state is the fact that the LA Rams have been in full compliance with the NFL and NFLPA protocols through this entire ordeal. And yet, 29 players have now resulted in a positive test result for COVID-19.

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The good news is that they are, for the most part, asymptomatic. That is, the players who have tested positive are not exhibiting obvious symptoms of the disease. So why all the fuss? Well, they have the disease, so they can transmit the infection to others who may suffer serious symptoms. And the fact is that the disease is relatively new, so any assessment of long-term effects is still premature.