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According to reports, the NFL will punish players who refuse to wear a tracking device or submit to COVID-19 testing.

The NFL’s most contentious topic is likely to have an even bigger impact on players: their money.
According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the league sent teams a document outlining COVID-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason on Tuesday.
According to the report, athletes who refuse to wear a tracking device that can identify whether they’ve gone to banned regions outside team facilities would be fined $14,650, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated.
Pelissero also stated that players who refuse to get tested for viruses will be fined $50,000.
According to a source, the NFL tonight handed teams amended training camp and preseason COVID protocols, which include penalties for any player who refuses to wear a tracking device ($14,650) or submit to mandated viral testing ($50,000) regardless of vaccination status.
MORE: NFL’s new COVID-19 standards have major repercussions for teams with the greatest and lowest vaccination rates Pelissero also listed other league mandates in the document.
Inactive athletes who are unvaccinated must wear masks during lifts, walkthroughs, and practice, “unless when doing so would interfere with their ability to engage in athletic activity.”
The NFL Players Association and the league have both approved the COVID-19 standards, according to Pelissero.
This isn’t the first time the league has taken a firm position on etiquette violations.
It notified clubs on Thursday that if a game is postponed due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players and cannot be rescheduled within the league’s 18-week regular season, the team with the outbreak forfeits the game and neither team’s players get paid.
The NFL doesn’t appear to be interested in dealing with the huge logistical challenges it experienced last year, when the COVID-19 outbreak prompted the postponing – but not cancellation – of games.
Vaccination has been a source of contention among players and coaching staffs alike.
“I guess that’s HIPAA,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Friday when asked if he got vaccinated. The Vikings fired offensive line coach Rick Dennison after he refused to get the vaccine, though he will stay with the team as a senior offensive adviser.
It will be fascinating to watch if the NFL’s strategy of going after players’ wallets results in increased vaccination rates.

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Xavien Howard, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, has requested a trade and is attending training camp to avoid a fine.

Xavien Howard: ‘Until That Trade Happens, I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined’ After reporting to Miami’s training camp on Tuesday, the All-Pro cornerback released a statement later that evening revealing that he had sought a trade.
“Until that trade comes, I’m simply here to avoid getting fined,” Howard said, “and I’ll handle myself like pros do.” Players who fail to report to training camp will be fined $50,000 per day by the NFL.
Because he was unsatisfied with his existing contract, he had already lost almost $119,000 over the offseason by missing mandated sessions and forfeiting his workout bonus.
Howard inked a five-year, $75.25 million contract deal two years ago.
Following that, Howard only played five games in 2019 due to injury, but had a fantastic season in 2020.
He was an All-Pro last season after leading the NFL with 10 interceptions.
But, as Howard stated in his statement, he is the team’s second highest paid cornerback.
In March 2020, the team signed cornerback Byron Jones to a new contract.
Howard made it clear that he and his agent never requested “a completely new deal,” preferring to “work things out with the Dolphins and bring answers to the table.” “These were ideas of adjustments that would not only make me feel more valued, but were also cap friendly,” he stated.
“But, the Dolphins turned down all we offered.”
“This is why I don’t believe the organization has treated me fairly.”
The Dolphins don’t seem to value or respect me.
“I can take a business-first approach just like they can.” More NFL coverage:

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For COVID-19 protocol infractions, the NFL will pay unvaccinated players $14,650.

NFL players who are not vaccinated will be fined $14,650 each time they breach COVID-19 protocols, according to league spokesperson Brian McCarthy, who talked to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
The announcement comes after Bruce Arians told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that any unvaccinated athlete who violates COVID-19 regulations will be fined $14,000 by the Buccaneers.
The NFL does not require players to be vaccinated, but it does make things much more difficult for those who aren’t.
Teams that have a COVID-19 epidemic among unvaccinated players would be required to lose their postponed games if they cannot be rescheduled within the 18-week timeline, according to an NFL letter released earlier this week.
Numerous players, including DeAndre Hopkins, Leonard Fournette, Matt Judon, and Jalen Ramsey, have criticised the league’s handling of players who refuse to get immunized.
It’s unknown whether more players will decide to be vaccinated when more repercussions are imposed.
According to The Associated Press (via Boston.com), 80% of NFL players have completed the COVID-19 immunization process, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players complete the process.

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COVID-19 violations will result in a $14,500 punishment for unvaccinated players.

The NFL has told ESPN’s Jenna Laine that unvaccinated players will be fined $14,650 if they breach COVID-19 rules this season.
The clarification comes after Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times as saying he would fine his players “$14,000 on the spot every time he isn’t wearing a mask or is following a protocol.” Arians told ESPN in a text message that it wasn’t his policy, but rather “league standards.”
Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman, told ESPN that the number is correct and that it is a league rule.
This comes just two days after the NFL announced that in the case of a COVID-19 cancellation, forfeitures will be enforced.
Also, some players and coaches have expressed reservations about getting immunized.
Rick Dennison, the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, was fired after refusing to take the vaccine.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network got the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for the next season in June, which included player sanctions.
Although the $14,650 charge for a protocol violation was not stated, a fee for contact tracing infractions was.
For a first violation, any player who refuses to participate or lies during a contact tracing interrogation faces a fine of one week’s pay or up to $50,000.
Following that, the fines will increase.
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For any infraction of the COVID-19 protocol, the NFL will fine unvaccinated athletes $14,650.

As DeAndre Hopkins expressed his dissatisfaction with the NFL’s immunization policies on Twitter, Tim Hasselbeck wonders how the league will react.
(1:04) Should the NFL be concerned about players like DeAndre Hopkins refusing to be vaccinated?
(1:04) Every time unvaccinated NFL players violate COVID-19 procedures, they will be fined $14,650.
After a rumor that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians will fine a player “$14,000 on the spot any time he isn’t wearing a mask or is breaking a protocol,” others speculated that Arians was enacting his own personal rule.
In a text message to ESPN, Arians said, “NFL policy.”
“League rules,” said NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy, who added that Arians “was correct” in his interpretation of the rule.
By final cut-downs, Arians estimates the Bucs will have about 85% of their players properly vaccinated.
Yet, several players have expressed their opposition to the immunization.
“Vaccine I can’t do it,” said running back Leonard Fournette, who had the most yards from scrimmage of any player on any team this playoffs. Antonio Hamilton, a newcomer anticipated to offer depth at cornerback, termed the vaccines “experiments” in a tweet and said, “If they get rid of me for exposing information to the uneducated, then so be it!”
“Just follow last year’s regulations,” Arians said if they still refuse to get the vaccine. The Buccaneers, who visited the White House on Tuesday and received their Super Bowl rings on Thursday, will begin training camp on Sunday.

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The Buccaneers will pay unvaccinated players $14,000 for every violation of the COVID-19 policy, according to Bruce Arians.

While NFL teams cannot compel players to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine, they may make life tough for those who do not.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in particular, will impose financial penalties on players who are not vaccinated and do not follow protocol.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Bruce Arians would fine any unvaccinated player $14,000 for failing to wear a mask when required or breaking any other COVID-19 guidelines.
Players instead not be given warnings, but will instead be fined on the spot, according to the Buccaneers’ head coach.
Unvaccinated athletes will be tested every day, while vaccinated ones will be tested every other week, making things much more difficult for unvaccinated players.
“This year, a vaccinated player will be tested 14 times,” Arians stated.
“An unvaccinated player will be tested 140,” Arians said, adding that he believes the Buccaneers’ vaccination rate will be more than 85% by the end of the season.
The NFL sent a memo earlier this week warning that teams with a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players may be compelled to lose their postponed games if they are not rescheduled within the existing 18-week timeframe.
DeAndre Hopkins, Jalen Ramsey, and Matt Judon are among the players who have expressed their displeasure with the memo.
The Buccaneers have a good chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions this season, and Arians doesn’t want any setbacks to derail their hopes.