Players banned from exchanging jerseys
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.”