Play­ers banned from ex­chang­ing jer­seys

The Maui News - - Sports -

NFL teams will be pro­hib­ited from postgame in­ter­ac­tions within 6 feet of each other, which means play­ers won’t be al­lowed to ex­change jer­seys af­ter games as part of the guide­lines to help limit the spread of the coro­n­avirus.

The re­stric­tions are out­lined in the game­day pro­to­cols fi­nal­ized by the league and NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion on Wed­nes­day. The 11-page doc­u­ment sent to each club and ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press de­tailed sev­eral changes for the up­com­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing:

— Play­ers and coaches are not re­quired to wear masks, but every­one else on the side­line is.

— Every­one with ac­cess to the bench area is pro­hib­ited from shar­ing any per­sonal items, in­clud­ing cups, food, tow­els and cloth­ing.

— Any­one who records a body tem­per­a­ture at or above 100.4 de­grees on game day will not be per­mit­ted to en­ter the sta­dium.

Sev­eral play­ers crit­i­cized the ban­ning of jer­sey ex­changes.

San Fran­cisco 49ers cor­ner­back Richard Sherman wrote on Twit­ter: “This is a per­fect ex­am­ple of NFL think­ing in a nut­shell. Play­ers can go en­gage in a full con­tact game and do it safely. How­ever, it is deemed un­safe for them to ex­change jer­seys af­ter said game.”

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