It's been a long two years for everyone, including the National Football League.

Ever since off-season workouts in the spring of 2020, NFL teams (players, coaches, staff) have had to follow COVID-19 protocols, strict at times, because of the ongoing pandemic.

This at one point included masks for everyone at team facilities, and the updated protocols were agreed upon by both the NFL and NFLPA.

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Now, on Thursday, March 3rd, those protocols have come to an end.

According to Tom Pelissaro of The NFL Network, the league sent an important memo to all 32 teams on Thursday that said all COVID-19 protocols have been suspended.

This means no more masks, mandatory testing, tracking devices or capacity limits in certain areas of the team facility.

However, teams still must follow guidelines if they are set in place at the state or local county level. An individual NFL team can still decide to put in their own mask policy, but as for a league-wide mandate, that is now gone.

This means the Bills can operate as they normally would, but it's still unclear if any separate mandates will be set in place by the team themselves.

This could also mean that media members are once again allowed in the players' locker rooms. During the 2021 season, media members were only allowed in a media availability room, which brought in players one or a few at a time.

Many media meetings were done virtually as well, especially during the 2020 season.

The NFL is saying things can return to normal with this memo.

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