NFL commissioner Roger Goodell watches the Lions during a team practice at Ford Field on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

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NFL restricts media locker room access in 2021

The NFL has circulated a directive to all 32 teams to restrict locker room access for a second straight season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy requires that a maximum of only 50 vaccinated personnel will have access to locker rooms while players are present.

Non-team media will not be allowed.

Those restrictions represent a second straight season in which outside media will not be allowed inside of locker rooms. Instead, teams are allowed to designate three internal communications staffers to handle media duties inside of locker rooms.

The NFL is still relaxing some restrictions on in-person interviews, allowing socially distanced news conferences, postgame news conferences and small group availabilities. In accordance with those moves, Zoom media call requirements have been removed.

The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9 when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media