Of course, the players work could be online if they don’t get the vaccine, even if teams aren’t allowed to say so. GM Bills Brandon Beane said last month that it would release players who refused to be vaccinated, which led to a backlash from the league and the union. One week ago, Buffalo boss Sean McDermott
he acknowledged his concern that most of his players hadn’t even had their shots.
Obviously, this is not a problem that is limited to Orchard Park. And while NFL players, like everyone else, have the right to make whatever decision they believe is in their best interests, the reality of their employment makes the issue intrinsically more complex for them.
ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano recently introduced the differences in protocols for players who have been vaccinated against those who have not. Above all, players without the vaccine are subjected to daily examinations and physical detachment requirements, and if they have been exposed to the virus, they must be quarantined.
Consider a situation like the one that developed recently in a Browns practice, where many unvaccinated Cleveland players had to be sent home from the facility because they were close, high-risk contacts. We’ve seen several games in 2020 that featured clubs both shorthand and decimated because a certain number of their players were on the COVID-19 list, and teams will certainly want to do everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen again in 2021. .
Stars and other core players will not be in danger of being cut off, but players at the periphery of a list could be in danger if they do not get the vaccine. After all, if a roster decision goes down to a vaccinated player versus a vaccinated one, a team will probably choose the player who is not always at risk of wasting time. Officially, a player cannot be cut for his vaccination decision, but officially, it seems to have happened, and it could be difficult for the NFLPA to win a complaint on behalf of that player.
Volin says the league and the union continue to negotiate the threshold at which COVID protocols can be completely abandoned, and that a potential number is 85%. In other words, if 85% of a team’s players are completely vaccinated, that team would no longer have to worry about protocols.