Rams Start “Intensive” COVID Protocol

November 18th, 2020

No smiles for Sean McVay

Rough news for the Buccaneers’ next opponent.

News popped late yesterday that the Rams had an unnamed player test positive for The Sickness and the whole team will be working from home today.

In October, the NFL launched enhanced “intensive” guidelines for team responses to The Sickness, and it seems the Rams thought whatever happened meant they should sound this new and louder alarm. They are scheduled to play the Bucs on Monday night in Tampa.

It’s been a rough week for the Rams, who lost their rock of a left tackle, Andrew Whitworth, for the Bucs game with a serious knee injury.

50 Responses to “Rams Start “Intensive” COVID Protocol”

  1. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Welcome to the new norm. Hopefully no more positives and the game won’t get moved.

  2. Buc50 Says:

    Seems like every opponent of the Bucs has COVID before playing. What is the advanced scouting team really doing?

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if more players come up positive and this game will not be played this coming monday

  4. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Okay, but C’mon Bucs….see this? This is a reminder to stay the he11 away from as many folks as you can until Februrary. One of a key “thousand important steps” to get a playoff berth, and maybe even a title or ring.

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Roy

    It doesn’t matter what people do………….you will either get it or not.

    …………..there is no in-between stuff like people think there is

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I re-looked “Intensive Protocol” and found this: In October, the league established new guidelines for intensive protocol. It includes rapid point of care tests in addition to daily polymerise chain reaction testing, teams meeting virtually, the wearing of masks and gloves by players on the practice field at all times and a ban on player gatherings away from the facility.

    In the midst of this, they have to check out their new kicker.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Man! That’s just plain straight crazy!!!!!!!! ^^^^^^^

  8. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Bucs Anthem. It DOES matter what you do. Yes, you can take all sorts of measures and still get it, but to say it “doesn’t matter what you do” and you will get it or not, is stupid on it’s face.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Titans went 2 weeks without practicing and won….so, I wouldn’t read too much into this.

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Bucs Anthem: If you don’t drive or ride in a car, and don’t get near cars, your chances of getting impacted by a car accident are pretty darn slim, right? So while I agree the protective measures are not foolproof for COVID, the probability can be greatly reduced. On the flip side, imagine these young men being all over the community, night and day, and then slinging mucus all over the practice and game field with no testing at all, and surely there is a difference. So it looks like even the measures the NFL takes starting in October are even safer. I’m not sure if any more games have been postponed under the new protocol, but I’d bet my paycheck it’s reduced the risk.

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Roy

    No it doesn’t Roy.

    Stop lying to yourself………..cause the rest of the World has already been lied to enough

  12. Jeff Says:

    Move the Game to Sunday at 1pm. Bucs would have a legit chance then.

  13. Augsut 1976 Buc Says:

    The Bucs will play well this Monday night. Brady and company will be ready, and not pull a no show again. GO BUCS!!!

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    TheBucsAnthem … “No it doesn’t Roy. Stop lying to yourself … cause the rest of the World has already been lied to enough”.

    Wow. Just wow Anthem. Our nation just passed 250 THOUSAND dead due to COVID … and it’s spreading like a wildfire right now. Hundreds of thousands more will most likely live the rest of their lives with some lingering effects of this deadly virus. No other nation is even close to those numbers, and ours is only THAT LOW because of the bravery & professionalism of our heroic medical folks & 1st responders.

    The one who needs to stop lying to themselves is YOU. Roy’s exactly right; “It DOES matter what you do”. YOUR ACTIONS … or lack thereof … impact many, many others, including potentially those medical personnel who might one day be called upon to save YOUR LIFE. Show them the same respect you expect them to show you and/or members of your family.

  15. Gofortheface30 Says:

    This has happened at least a dozen times already under these new measures to prevent spread. It’s precautionary (perhaps above and beyond precautionary) and I would think after a large sample size of these instances people should know to not sound the alarms and assume a game is going to get postponed. 99% of the time the game goes on as scheduled and LIKE CLOCKWORK, no more NEW positive tests will happen with the rams and they will be practicing by Saturday and traveling to Tampa Sunday

  16. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Lol, Anthem your boy lost the election and it’s time to come back to reality. Nobody is lying to you except your orange idol. Go to Parler if you want to spout your nonsense.

  17. Leighroy Says:

    Y’all need to excuse Anthem, he misplaced his tin-foil hat apparently. Love all the folks crying about everyone being scared little sheep being lied to…. seems a bit too much like a pot/kettle situation to take any of these goobers seriously.

  18. Roy T. Buford Says:

    BradyBunch…nothing to do with who is President, etc. No reason to hype it up as a big scare, and also no reason to cause a panic for things we cant do. Also no reason to pretend it doesn’t exist and that we can do nothing. Anthem is just plain wrong on his own…nothing to do with politics, and I don’t think even Anthem really believes his own stuff.

  19. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I love all you guys living in the mass media web of lies

    ……….be it the truth is never told

  20. SOEbuc Says:


    “It doesn’t matter what people do………….you will either get it or not.”

    Lol. Yale? It’s over you can jump on the get healthy train now.

  21. RiodeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Fellow Bucs Fans
    This Sickness is real. I’m a business man and I’m a shareholder of five companies in Brazil and one company in the USA.
    Well, in one of the Brazilian companies, after two months since the hole team returned to the office, the employees came to us asking for a less restrictive protocol, since there wasn’t a single case so far.
    After consulting our legal staff and a medical advice, we agreed to a new protocol.
    Big mistake.
    Three weeks later, 34 out of our 76 employees tested positive for Covid19. And, unfortunately, one of them is a now intubated, in an induced coma, fighting for his life.
    So, do not underestimate the virus, it’s highly contagious and, even if in rare cases, it can lead to severe reactions or deaths.
    We must respect science and protect each other. The vaccines are coming, let’s be a little more patient and in a few months the pandemic will be under control.
    No need to panic or to became paranoid, but wash your hands, keep some social distance and wear a mask in public spaces are very simple and effective measures.
    And… go Bucs!!!

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    @Roy T. Buford: per your research, if the “intensive” protocol includes the PCR test, keep in mind that test does NOT test for covid, it looks for fragments of RNA remnants that could come from any cold you had in your life, and tests above 30 magnitudes show a massive number of false positives.

    Such bulls#!t…

  23. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Cobra, but that’s a lot of jigawatts.

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    @ RTB: jigawatts?

    You’re a believer in the PCR?

  25. Mike C Says:

    Ok all you covid chicken littles, tell me how many people in Total from all causes died in 2019, pro rated to 2020….. I will save you some time, the numbers are the virtually the same.

  26. Cull the herd Says:

    Anthem….. you’re a nut. Be better.

  27. unbelievable Says:

    @Mike C-

    Actually there’s been hundreds of thousands of additional excess deaths in 2020 compared to 2019, despite some leading causes of death like car accidents being way down due to covid and shutdowns.

    Please try agin.

    BTW- right now the same amount of Americans that died on 9/11 are dying every 2 days from this…

    Also, what happened to everyone claiming “it will disappear after November 3rd derp derp”? Seems it’s actually gotten worse. Almost like it’s not some political hoax, but instead is a very real virus.

  28. geno711 Says:

    We are on a Buc’s football site.

    Here was Anthem’s assessment of Tom Brady in March.

    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    March 28th, 2020 at 11:06 am
    I wonder if Brady’s arm will go “noodle” like Peyton manning’s arm did when he went to Denver????

    We know that where-ever Anthem gets his “facts” is some alternate universe.

    Be that the virus or football.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Pew Research poll found that 85% of Americans actively wear masks.

    That’s a high % imo.

    Considering that 85%…. I’d have to say Anthem might be right. Doesn’t matter what you do to prevent it. You’ll get it or not.

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    Anthem mis, indeed, correct.

    Fact is, some make better serfs that Free Men.

    JBF proves this statement to be true.

    I don’t care f you wear a suppression muzzle, and live your life in fear. Just leave ME the f@<k out of your fear porn episodes.

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Anthem I get…Cobra you blow my mind…87 I still have hope.

    This isn’t difficult to figure out from the son of a bookie’s perspective. I’m no epidemiologist but I can read OBVIOUS DATA.

    The U.S. has 4.5% the world’s population. We have more than 20% of the DEATHS!!!! Why? Please spare me the malarky about doc’s miscoding cases to Covid on purpose. The CDC numbers of “extra” deaths this year are way above 300,000. These are deaths above the normally expected deaths from heart disease, accidents, cancer etc.

    250,000 of these deaths are easy to account for…the Covid deaths…CDC experts and others believe the larger number is due to people who were just carried out of their apartments dead. They didn’t do autopsies.

    But there is CLEAR EVIDENCE!!! In Kansas a progressive Governor announced a mask mandate. Those freedom loving righties like Cobra in the legislature said NO…they gave each of Kansas 81 counties their own choice.

    61 red counties said NO MASKS…20 blue counties enacted mask ordinances.
    Results were conclusive. The counties with Mask ordinances leveled off their rates while the unmasked counties continued to spike. But hey they were free to die right?

    This same inadvertent experiment repeated itself in Tennessee when a Gubernatorial mask order was countermanded by the R legislature and given to localities. Nashville…other larger areas went for mask rules…rural areas did not. Again…those that didn’t saw greater rates than the masked counties.

    D.R. is correct…and all of us owe whichever members of his family are doing EMS and front line work our gratitude.

    I’m tired of being thanked for my service for a stupid war fought by suckers like me when we have heroes going into work every day to fight this virus. All this denial shows them the same disrespect we showed our Vets when we first got back from ‘Nam.


  32. Cobraboy Says:

    Lower the amplification of the PCR, and Covid almost goes away.

    Once again: some make better serfs than Free Men.

    This “pandemic” is a scam to dull the sheep into the dutiful compliance of their Overlords.

    stpete: you post bulls#!t “facts.” Masked and social distancing don’t do squat to curb this or any other virus. Documented Fact.

    Even CA, with their lengthy Draconian lockdowns and mandated masks haven’t slowed this flu bug one bit.

    I mean, this flu is so deadly you have to get tested to see if you even have it.

  33. gp Says:


    ****The U.S. has 4.5% the world’s population. We have more than 20% of the DEATHS!!!! Why?****

    You left out an important factor

    We also have a healthcare system that is the envy of the world

    As the son of a bookie you should see the obvious answer to your question


    I have my opinion as to who that might be and I’m sure you have yours
    Neither of our opinions are going to change the world

  34. Bucsfan77 Says:

    So what you’re saying is that trump lost the election because he would of had 300k more votes if his followers were masks right? 😉

  35. celly Says:

    We also have a healthcare system that is the envy of the world


  36. gp Says:

    To date, Nigeria, a country of over 200 million, has had 65,693 infections with 1,163 deaths.
    Considering that (as we ALL know) this virus is especially dangerous to people of color, perhaps we should be asking what’s going on there?

    Is their healthcare system better than ours?

    It certainly makes no sense that they might be lying about their numbers!

  37. Cobraboy Says:

    @stpete: Seems my excellent critical thinking skills and open mind blows your mind.

    No problem.

    You live in dire fear. I will live my life as I choose.

    All I ask of you of for you and your Fellow Travelers simply to leave my life, person, and property alone.

    Why is that so difficult for progs to abide by?

  38. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I went through my own IGMGFY years as a libertarian in my late twenties. The issue of motorcycle helmets…I was a rider back then…brought me face to face with the reality of the fallacy of libertarian ideas which sound great on paper…
    If you are prepared to deal with the vegetables that require a lifetime of total care after a motorcycle accident without a helmet that doesn’t kill just maims them…and by deal I mean you either let them die or PAY for their care!
    Since society has decided to not allow people to rot on the streets OTHER people’s choices effect ME as well. If there was some way to insure they’d simply totally die or be euthanized when their brain dead fine…but how many Schiavos would we have.

    “You live in dire fear. I will live my life as I choose.

    All I ask of you of for you and your Fellow Travelers simply to leave my life, person, and property alone.”

    No Cobra I simply play the odds and use my brain. You claimed critical thinking skills without exhibiting them! I gave you facts…GP at least claims he doesn’t believe FACTS hard to argue with that. I give you stats and examples you give me libertarian platitudes.

    When it comes to football Cobra I totally respect your opinion. I do believe your claims of having played…you exhibit knowledge…science and medicine…here’s my choice Cobra…believe a football blogger…or believe the 99% of scientists. Sorry bro not a hard choice for me. I gotta say though your knowledge in football is so impressive your absolute ignorance about science and medicine astound me.

    GP…BTW…I used to cut you guys a little more slack on your conspiracies because of the election…but it’s after November 4th and guess what…we’re still talking virus…in fact more than ever. The Democratic hoax has killed a quarter million Americans already…at least the vaccine news is good.

  39. Cobraboy Says:

    @stpete: a lot of words that say nothing.

    I take it you have no intention of leaving people alone to make decisions for themselves. Why am I not surprised.

    You seem one of those guys/gals/xirs who make a better serf. I refer the Free Man route myself.

    I guess we’re different that way.

    And BTW: 99% of “scientists” do NOT say masks and lockdowns work. That is an absurd statement, unless you only get information from your Overlord Betters who demand faithful compliance…or else.

    In fact two very large studies have been published this week, one totally debunking the wear-a-mask theory, then other dropping a righteous Pelosi on the “lockdowns work” meme.

    May I suggest you just stay indoors and cower in fear at those who *dare* to tell your Overlords where to stick it?

    What is hilarious is this: two Masters in analytical areas, including a ton of formal statistics, and *I* ignore science? I doubt even you believe that.

    If the Joe’s allowed links, I’d bury you, Loyal Comrade.

  40. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Well Cobra thanks for that education. A guy who clearly knows football can also be a right wing nut job. What next Q Anon? You’ve lost me dude.

  41. gp Says:

    Typical reaction from a progressive caught with his pants down, i.e. given facts that don’t fit his or her narrative or a thought provoking question that can’t be answered within that narrative.

    Divert to the “conspiracy theory” argument.

    I really thought you were smarter than that, that you had more integrity than that.
    SMH So sad.

  42. stpetebucsfan Says:


    You literally just posted a fact free insult. My pants are not down after a person with not credibility wishes to dispute WIDELY ACCEPTED FACTS!

    You OTOH cannot explain the nightly wail from nurses and doctors across the country pleading exhaustion. Do you suppose their lying. Their coached by “Progs”? Really?

    GP do you believe the earth is round?

  43. Defense Rules Says:

    StPete … We now live in a world with predominantly 2 extremes. It wasn’t created in just these past 4 years as some have claimed; it’s been evolving here for many years IMO. I consider myself (the fool that I am) to be someplace in the middle. On some issues I’m very conservative (Genghis Khan would be proud). On other issues, I tend to be quite liberal. I ‘suspect’ that you fall into a similar ‘centrist’ category, but I may very well be wrong.

    Gave up a long time ago trying to change the minds of those who are more at the ‘extremes’ than I am. Losing battle, and life’s too short. Well, what’s left of it anyways …

  44. gp Says:

    Had to repost this from earlier in the thread because I’m sure that you didn’t see it.

    gp Says:
    November 18th, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    To date, Nigeria, a country of over 200 million, has had 65,693 infections with 1,163 deaths.
    Considering that (as we ALL know) this virus is especially dangerous to people of color, perhaps we should be asking what’s going on there?

    Is their healthcare system better than ours?

    It certainly makes no sense that they might be lying about their numbers!

  45. Cobraboy Says:

    Why aren’t the closely-packed, noble homeless dropping like flies?

    And why aren’t flu, heart issues and pneumonia no longer killing people?

    This “disease”, with 99.9+% recovery rate, is so deadly you have to take a dubious test to see if you have it?

    Seems some Loyal Comrades enjoy being snookered by their Overlords.

    I assume I will meet my maker in reeducation camp for my brazen insolence to The Glorious Progressive Revolution.

  46. gp Says:

    To put it in terms that a bookie would understand
    If a thoroughbred is racing a field of nags, and finishes the race healthy but 5 lengths behind the pack, it’s obvious that the fix is in.

    My point is that the “reported” facts do not fit the reality of the whole.

    If you want to give your life savings to the snake oil salesman, you go right ahead. Don’t try to convince me that I should too.

  47. Joe Says:

    brazen insolence

    LOL 👍

  48. gp Says:

    I’m afraid that you have lost track of where the center point actually is.

    Considering that I worry about extremists on both ends of the spectrum, it seems to me that I reside closer to the center. Because I am human and thus naturally biased to my own opinions, I do not claim majority opinion.
    That doesn’t mean that I won’t express it though. It’s not just a right, but a responsibility.

  49. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Point taken. You are correct sir.

  50. gp Says:

    Exit, Stage Left!