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OT: NFL to offer H1N1 (Swine Flu) Roster Exemptions

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  1. JSn

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    Funny, I had been thinking about this (my conspiracy theory in-laws keep telling me we're being culled by the elite...) and pondering the fact that any contagious disease can sweep through a locker room quick. Also, the amount of contact each team makes with other teams certainly lends to the idea of the rampant spread through the NFL of the flu or H1N1 being credible.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offers teams solution for swine flu influx - ESPN

    This could get sketchy though, as labs become over-run with tests and are basically saying H1N1 is the more common flu-type this season, so just assume that's what it is.

    Will some teams attempt some roster trickery within this new "rule"?

    Also, notice even on the Ravens report there is "illness."

    EDIT: Just tacking on some info about the Texans response to the illness turning up on the team.

    http://www.blitzcorner.com/NFL/Texans-Rookie-Anthony-Hill-Hospitalized-With-Swine-Flu
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    I'd be more worried about Polian turning up the heat in his stadium if any incoming team reports flu cases.
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    Good point JSn. Wonder if the great commish thought of this and what punishment would be available if they violate it.
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    Breaking news: Galloway out with swine flu! Nunn promoted from PS!
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    Haha. The question I can't find the answer to is if the players have to clear waivers to go back to the practice squad when the player returns from Pukesborough.
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    I wondered the same thing. I would have thought they would be allowed to go straight back to PS
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    I would presume so, or otherwise a team might have to choose between screwed one way, and screwed another. :) :(
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    What difference does it make? Even if the players clear waivers and go onto the practice squad, they can still be picked up by another team.
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    I believe the difference would be that a player picked from a team's practice squad has to be signed to your active roster. A player picked off waivers can be signed to a PS.
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    This is a smart health move -- anything that discourages teams from keeping contagious guys in the locker room makes sense. IMO it's not very subject to abuse given the 6-player minimum.
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    Re: OT: NFL to offer Swine Flu Exemptions

    Not quite. A player signed off waivers MUST be added to the 53. He has to clear waivers to be signed to a PS.

    The difference is that a player signed off another team's PS must stay on the 53 for a minimum of three weeks.
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