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NFL changes rules to allow for just 5 tryouts per week

Pete Carroll and John Schneider (2019) Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks brought in six players for tryouts, including veterans Mychal Kendricks and Damon Harrison. Later that same day, the league notified teams that they will only be permitted to have five players in for tryouts per week, as a part of tighter restrictions for COVID-19 protocols.

On Monday, the league sent a memo out to the 32 teams highlighting changes and further restrictions related to COVID-19 protocol, after both Titans-Steelers and Patriots-Chiefs had to be postponed in Week 4 due to positive tests.

In August, teams were only permitted to bring in free agents if they intended to sign them. Though those restrictions loosened as the regular season approached, it appears the league is once again limiting the visitors to team facilities. An exception to the new rule, however, is if a team places more than three players on injured reserve that week.

So, while the Seahawks had six free agents tryout on Tuesday, you can expect that number to be considerably more limited moving forward, as the league continues to try and navigate a season amid the pandemic.