Unvaccinated NFL players could be fined $14,650 if they violate COVID-19 protocols this season.
The report initially came from a Tampa Bay Times article yesterday which stated that Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians would fine unvaccinated players $14,000 every time they were found not wearing a mask or breaking COVID-19 protocol.
This policy was later confirmed by ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
Laine also clarified that it isn’t a team policy but rather a league-wide NFL policy.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy later confirmed this with ESPN.
The news comes after the NFL announced late last week that teams with COVID-19 outbreaks which force a game to be rescheduled or canceled will suffer consequences. If the game cannot be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season, the team with the COVID-19 outbreak will be forced to forfeit the game.
The NFL is continuing to encourage players to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
With that said, I expect policies to change and evolve as the season gets underway especially with the spread of the Delta variant.
Currently, Los Angeles County is under a mask-mandate, requiring all people inside or outside to wear masks.
For now, the NFL will be tracking down players who break COVID-19 protocol and players will be fined.
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