The NFL is facing a growing number of health concerns following a rash of Zika-related deaths in the U.S. and Europe.
And while the league was initially hesitant to take drastic measures to combat the outbreak, its new stance appears to have put the league in a more difficult position.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. William Schaffner, told NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith on Monday that the league would be forced to use mosquito water as a treatment method for all of its players.
The Associated press adds that “the league said in a statement that it would ‘continue to investigate’ the report and was working to get to the bottom of it.”
The Associated Press adds that the NFL has previously faced criticism for not having a robust policy on the treatment of its athletes following their Zika-affected birthdays.
And as of Tuesday, it had yet to respond to a request for comment from CNNMoney.
“While it is a risk, it is not a death sentence,” the AP reports.
“We have a history of using this technology, and this is something we’re going to continue to do.”
The NFL’s water use and sanitation department is also in a tough spot following the spread of the virus.
The league announced earlier this week that it had been testing for the virus, which is also believed to be transmitted by mosquitoes.
While the league’s stance on the Zika issue has received a lot of pushback, it’s still unclear how long the league will stick with the use of water.
According to a poll conducted by CNN, 75 percent of Americans support the NFL taking a stand against the Zika outbreak, but only 34 percent support it doing the same for players.