The Dallas Cowboys will no longer have to comply with the stricter NFL COVID-19 policies. Owner Jerry Jones told a local radio show that the entire team has either been vaccinated or has natural immunity protection from the virus. The NFL allows unvaccinated players who have been previously infected to follow the same rules as those who are vaccinated under league protocols.
Pro Football Talk reported on Jones’ statement. They noted that there are only two Cowboys players who remain unvaccinated. Those players are wideout Amari Cooper and linebacker Keanu Neal. Both tested positive for the virus earlier this season.
Neal has already rejoined the team after recovering. Amari Cooper is expected to return for the Cowboy’s Thursday night matchup with the New Orleans Saints. There is no word on if the two plan to get vaccinated. It is recommended to do so despite their previous infection status, as the vaccine is thought greater protection against the virus than natural immunity alone.
A report in September noted that the NFL was close to a 100% vaccination rate. Recent data indicated that 94.1% of all players in the league were vaccinated as of October 16. That means there are less than 150 players league-wide who haven’t received the shot.
The league continues to regularly test for the virus. A positive result will result in a player being quarantined. Aaron Rodgers recently missed a game for the Green Bay Packers as a result of contracting the disease.
Unvaccinated players must test for the virus daily instead of weekly. They also must always wear face coverings and must observe social distancing requirements. They’re also not allowed to share meals with teammates and are not allowed to do media or take part in marketing activities while travelling.
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