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Vaccinated NFL players, coaches now mask free

The NFL has eased protocols for vaccinated individuals based up updated CDC guidelines.
Credit: AP
A detail view of an NFL logo painted on the playing field before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. Cincinnati won 30-0. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The NFL is not requiring fully vaccinated players and staff to wear masks at team facilities following the CDC’s latest guidance regarding COVID-19. In a memo sent to clubs on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the league and the NFL Players Association made the modification after consulting with their medical and scientific experts. Players and tiered staff who haven’t been fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks until they receive it. Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski learned of the news Friday on the practice field during rookie camp. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year was able to take his mask off for the first time as a head coach.