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Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and Star Lotulelei of the Buffalo Bills have been placed in quarantine after being considered close contacts.

NEW YORK’S BUFFALO
— Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis of the Buffalo Bills will miss the next five days of practice after being identified as close contacts of a team trainer who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a league source.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is also under quarantine.
After testing negative for the virus on Tuesday morning, all three players are required to skip practice per to the NFL’s COVID-19 policy.
According to Schefter, the trainer is completely vaccinated.
The news of Beasley and Davis being quarantined was first reported by the New York Daily News.
The NFL’s policy, which severely restricts unvaccinated athletes while allowing vaccinated players to return to near-normalcy, drew criticism from Beasley in June, when he tweeted that he was not vaccinated and would “enjoy my one life like I want.”
If they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated players must stay away from the team for five days; vaccinated players do not have to quarantine if they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Unvaccinated players are needed to be checked everyday under the policy controlling preseason and training camp, whereas vaccinated players are only required to be tested every two weeks, according to Beasley.
“It’s self-evident that if a vaxxed or unvaxxed athlete is tested less frequently, the chances of being removed for COVID diminish drastically,” Beasley said.
“In terms of player safety, I’ll just say that we all want to be safe,” Beasley said. Beasley was the Bills’ second-leading receiver in 2020, with 967 yards on 82 catches, both career highs.
During his rookie season last year, Davis had the second-most receiving touchdowns on the team with seven.

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The Raiders are the first team in the NFL to require confirmation of COVID-19 vaccines in order to attend home games.

The Las Vegas Raiders are the first NFL franchise to declare that all game attendees will be required to provide confirmation of COVID-19 immunization, allowing fans to attend games sans masks.
The measure will go into force in September.
The Raiders’ regular-season home opener is on September 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Our number one concern has always been health and safety,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said.
“This policy ensures that we will be able to operate at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated spectators for the entire season,” the Raiders said. The Raiders will also administer vaccines on site at Allegiant Stadium prior to Raiders home games, allowing newly vaccinated fans to attend wearing a mask.
The New Orleans Saints stated last week that spectators attending home games at the Superdome will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours of the event.
This article will be updated as time goes on.
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Fans of the Las Vegas Raiders must provide confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination.

For home games at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the Raiders announced Monday that all fans must provide confirmation of COVID-19 immunization.
The new rules will take effect on September 1st, when the Raiders host the Ravens in their first home game.
According to the team, Raiders supporters would not be forced to wear a mask at home games, making it the NFL’s first “vaccine/no mask policy” for home fans.
“Our number one priority has always been health and safety,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement.
“After consultation with Gov.
This policy assures that we will be able to function at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the whole season,” said Sisolak and other community leaders. The Raiders will have vaccine stations available at home games in 2021.
A team regulation requires all full-time employees of Las Vegas to be immunized, albeit this does not extend to the organization’s players.
The Falcons are now the only NFL team with a vaccination rate of 100 percent.
Season ticket holders who have not been vaccinated are entitled to carry their tickets over to 2022, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Season ticket holders who have not been vaccinated may be eligible for a full refund for their 2021 tickets.
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Cole Beasley, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, believes the NFL’s vaccine grievance stems from uneven standards, and he wants players to get ‘correct knowledge.’

NEW YORK’S BUFFALO
— Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has been vocal in his opposition to the NFL’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, attempted to clarify his position on Wednesday, claiming his issue with the league is the disparity in standards between vaccinated and unvaccinated players.
“I’m neither anti-vax or for-vax — I’m pro choice,” Beasley said after the Bills’ first practice of training camp, reading from a prepared statement.
“With that said, the issue at hand is withholding information from players in order to sway a player in a route he may not be comfortable with.”
“When it comes to a player’s health and safety, information that is critical in the decision-making process should be completely transparent.”
A player may feel misled and unsure about a particularly personal decision if they do not have all of the necessary facts.
The NFL’s policy, which severely restricted unvaccinated athletes while allowing vaccinated players to return to near-normalcy, drew criticism from Beasley last month, when he tweeted that he was not vaccinated and would “live my one life what I wa.”
Nevertheless, it was the frequency of testing that Beasley was most critical of; under the regulation controlling preseason and training camp, unvaccinated players will be needed to be tested daily, while vaccinated players will only be obliged to test every two weeks.
“It’s obvious reasoning that if a vaxed or unvaxed player is tested less frequently, the chances of being removed for COVID reduce drastically,” he explained.
“In terms of player safety, I’ll just say that we all want to be safe.”
“For a lot of NFL players, safety doesn’t only mean avoiding the COVID virus.”
“Our health is now and in the future, which we are trying to safeguard with our personal choice while doing everything we did in our protocol during a very successful 2020 NFL season,” said Bills general manager Brandon Beane on Wednesday.
Beane also stated that he does not feel that Beasley’s or any other player’s social media comments about the vaccine will detract from the team’s overall focus now that training camp has started.
“Sometimes things goes out in social media,” Beane added, “and you don’t know how to interpret it.”
“You know, I’ve had quite a few discussions with a few of the men.”
It’s a challenge.
Men are attempting to educate themselves and consider all perspectives.
Yet, we have professionals on staff, and we allow them to share their opinions.
“As long as it’s not going to be a distraction, and Sean (McDermott) and I have both made that point.”
We don’t think anything is wrong.
I believe you’ll be able to tell where our boys are focused once we’re out on the turf playing football.
Last season, Beasley set a career high with 967 receiving yards on 82 catches in his second season with the Bills.

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The implications of the NFL’s new vaccine policy are described in the COVID-19 rules.

The NFL has written a memo to all 32 franchises outlining the discipline and consequences that will be imposed if an epidemic occurs during the season.
The league has now warned the teams of the repercussions they will face if an outbreak occurs, despite the fact that the variations in health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players have been laid out for months.
Penalties might range from a 10-day enforced quarantine to forfeiting a game and losing a week’s pay.
Why has the NFL changed its stance on vaccination? The organization does not want to reschedule any of its 272-game schedule during the season, as it did with certain games last year due to outbreaks.
If the schedule needs to be adjusted, competitive disadvantage can arise, and high vaccination rates are the best way to avoid it.
If an outbreak occurs among vaccinated players and a game must be rescheduled or canceled, the league will do everything possible to keep both teams competitive and financially viable.
However, if a game is canceled or rescheduled due to unvaccinated players testing positive, the league’s punishments will fall on the club that caused the epidemic.
Teams will be required to forfeit the game and will be given a loss.
The NFL also indicated in today’s memo that teams with an epidemic of unvaccinated players or employees would face financial penalties and possible sanctions from Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner.
“Every club is obligated under the Constitution and Bylaws to have its squad ready to play at the specified time and venue,” according to today’s NFL message.
Failure to do so is considered irresponsible behavior.
The right to postpone a game does not exist.” — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021 NFL players react to the league’s new COVID-19 guidelines As soon as news regarding the league’s new COVID-19 policy became public, players took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals tweeted that he is “questioning his future” because “he may harm his team because he refuses to get the vaccine.” The message has subsequently been removed.
Leonard Fournette and Matthew Judon were also critical of the new policies.
Before today, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley was outspoken in his opposition to the vaccine, saying that “if he were forced to take the injection to play in the NFL, he would consider retirement.” Now, more than half of NFL teams have vaccination rates of above 80%.
The message is clear in today’s statement and the health and safety protocols for the 2021 season: get vaccinated or suffer the consequences.
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Is DeAndre Hopkins going to retire? The Cardinals’ star player is visibly irritated by the NFL’s mandated vaccine policy.

DeAndre Hopkins has spoken out against the NFL’s new COVID-19 policy, which was unveiled on Thursday morning.
The Arizona Cardinals player indicated he was considering quitting from the NFL due to the new regulations in a now-deleted tweet.
All 32 NFL teams received a memo outlining the new COVID-19 immunization policies.
Simply said, if a game cannot be rescheduled due to a suspected COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL will require a club to forfeit the game.
Both teams lose their paragraph 5 base pay for the game, but the impacted team earns a loss on their record.
The team that forfeited will be held financially liable for any losses incurred.
Following the news, players and supporters alike have expressed dissatisfaction with the new policy, believing that they are being compelled to be vaccinated or face severe personal and financial consequences, which goes against the players’ rights.
DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver, is one of many celebrities who have spoken out against the required policy.
Is DeAndre Hopkins on the verge of retiring?
[email protected] is refusing to be vaccinated and may opt out of the season pic.twitter.com/jquOoWZrLC — Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) July 22, 2021 DeAndre Hopkins has since deleted the tweet, but not before it was picked up by a number of news sources and went viral.
Despite this, many fans and teammates feel he is correct.
Players that refuse to get the vaccine risk losing a game and a game check, putting their team in a hostile situation.
He isn’t the only player who has spoken out in support of their beliefs and rights.
Today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette tweeted, “Will this stop the @Buccaneers from making another Super Bowl run?”
It’s unlikely that either of these two players will retire from the NFL at this point, but it should be emphasized that they could band together and boycott the league. pic.twitter.com/sVllEQKtnE — Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) July 22, 2021
What are the chances?
Perhaps DeAndre Hopkins will take his career seriously and leave the league, forfeiting the entirety of his large contract.
Other athletes that are anti-vaccine include Sam Darnold, Christian McCaffrey, Cole Beasley, and Cameron Heyward, to name a few.
Just a few hours ago, the NFL issued a new policy, and the snowball is already rolling.
This will become a bigger story as training camps start next week and all players take the field.
Expect more players and staff members to express their dissatisfaction.
We may see some camp holdouts as a result of the policy, and it will be interesting to see how the league reacts to such a response.
This is a problem that isn’t exclusive to the NFL or even sports.
Some corporations and organizations across the country are issuing an ultimatum to their employees: get the vaccine or risk losing your job.
People are being driven out of their jobs and even their career fields unless they have a serious physical ailment or a religious motive.
Further information on DeAndre Hopkins’ stance and the NFL’s response will be released in the coming days, but the teams and players are anticipated to be entirely focused on training camp.
The NFL has yet to offer a statement in response to today’s outrage.
The league wants at least 85% of teams to get vaccinated, but it appears that they suddenly want 100%.
If a high-profile athlete like Patrick Mahomes or Trevor Lawrence speaks out against the NFL’s new policy, the league may be forced to respond.
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DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals and other NFL athletes have retaliated against the league’s COVID policy, which targets unvaccinated players.

When the NFL published a memo on Thursday notifying all 32 clubs that COVID outbreaks among unvaccinated players might result in game forfeiture and loss of play, players are retaliating.
NFL SAYS COVID OUTBREAKS AMONG UNVACCINATED LAYERS MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF GAMES, LOSS OF PAY UNDER NEW POLICY “Never thought I’d say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to join in the vaccine is making me rethink my future in the NFL,” Arizona Cardinals veteran wideout DeAndre Hopkins tweeted shortly after the news broke.
According of the document, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not intend to add another week to accommodate games that must be rescheduled due to COVID outbreaks.
It went on to say that if an outbreak among unvaccinated athletes occurs, both teams could face forfeiture and pay penalty if the games are canceled.
Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams posted to Twitter to claim that the NFL is “pressuring/ persuading” players to get vaccinated as a result of the new policy.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE “Some of yall clearly didnt comprehend what I was stating here haha,” Ramsey said of a previous tweet in which he claimed to know two people who tested positive for COVID despite having been vaccinated.
“The NFL is pressuring/’influencing’ players to receive the vaccine,” says one source.
They claim that if an outbreak occurs, the team will be severely reprimanded.
My point is that no one on my team will feel pressured by me since “whether you are vaccinated or not, you still have a possibility of getting covid.” “Just because my teammate(s) choose not to get the vaccine, I will not consider them a terrible teammate,” he continued.
“That’s all there is to it.”
Hopkins responded to Ramsey’s texts by indicating that his girlfriend’s brother, who is in the military, had cardiac difficulties after receiving the vaccine.
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Deandre Hopkins is concerned about his NFL career as a result of the COVID-19 immunization policy.

Cardinals wide receiver Deandre Hopkins said in a since-deleted tweet that the NFL’s new policy surrounding COVID-19 outbreaks and immunization are making him “doubt” his future in the league. David Wallace/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC
On Thursday, the NFL released a statement outlining its COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 season.
Teams will be susceptible to forfeits if an unvaccinated player triggers a COVID outbreak, according to the league, which also stated that there will be no rescheduled games in 2021.
Hopkins stated in a now-deleted tweet, “Never thought I’d say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to take the vaccine is making me wonder my future in the NFL.”
According to an NFL announcement, more than 78% of NFL players have gotten at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination.
All 32 teams have a vaccination percentage of at least 50%, with 14 teams having a vaccination rate of at least 85%.
If they are asymptomatic and have two negative tests 24 hours apart, vaccinated players who test positive can return to the field.
Players who have not been vaccinated must still be isolated for ten days.
Despite a series of COVID-19 postponements, every club played a full 16-game schedule in 2020.
The season in 2021 is set to begin on September 1st.
The Buccaneers take on the Cowboys at 9 p.m.
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