Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has claimed that he would consider cutting an unvaccinated player if it allowed the team to be able to lift National Football League (NFL) COVID-19 protocols.
“Yeah, I would,” said Beane when questioned on the matter.
“You guys saw it in the fieldhouse, we had three and four meetings going on, and sometimes you’re talking over each other. But it was the only way to pull it off and be social distant,” he added, referring to NFL protocols limiting the number of players who could meet at one time. “So it would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”
The Bills were one of teams who were allowed to conduct the draft within their headquarters and without officials having to wear face masks under the new vaccination rules.
Last year, teams had to host many of their meetings via Zoom, with restrictions being placed on how many players and coaches could gather at one time. Team officials and players were also required to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and wear masks.
“I think there’s going to be some incentives. If you have `X’ number of percent of your players and staff vaccinated, you can live normal, let’s call it — back to the the old days,” he said.
“If you don’t, it’s going to look more like last year,” Beane added. “But I hope, if those are the rules, that we’ll be able to get enough people to be vaccinated and not have to deal with all the headaches.”
Vaccinations have been a source of debate among the Bills, especially when quarterback Josh Allen told The Ringer podcast the decision to get vaccinated is a personal choice.
“I think everybody should have a choice to do it and not to do it,” Allen said. “You get in this tricky situation now where if you do mandate that, that’s kind of going against what our Constitution says, and the freedom to kind of express yourself one way or the other.”
The NFL and NFL Players Association have encouraged but not mandated that players should get vaccinated.
Author: Jake Wilkin