NFL Conference Championships COVID Tracker, Betting Odds

Written By Brant James on December 30, 2021 - Last Updated on January 24, 2022

According to an ESPN report, the NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to cease daily testing of unvaccinated players. The NFL claims that 95% of players and almost 100% of staff are vaccinated.

There are roughly a dozen players, ESPN claims, including Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who are unvaccinated.


“The NFL began experiencing an omicron-fueled spike in mid-December. From Dec. 12 to Jan. 8, 756 players and 478 staff members tested positive. The majority were asymptomatic, according to the league, prompting a shift away from daily testing.

From Sept. 5 to Dec. 11, the NFL averaged 19,253 tests for each two-week testing period. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 8, 12,491 tests were administered.”

NFL players on AFC or NFC championship game rosters, but in COVID protocol

(Jan. 24 updates)

Cincinnati Bengals

  • LB Joe Bachie

Kansas City Chiefs

  • DB Joshua Jackson
  • TE Mark Vital

Los Angeles Rams

  • None

San Francisco 49ers

  • DB Luqman Barcoo
  • QB Tyler Bray
  • RB Josh Hokit

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