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According to reports, the Patriots are dissatisfied with Cam Newton’s handling of the COVID process.

Due to a breach of COVID-19 guidelines, Cam Newton will miss what many perceive to be vital practice time this week, and there are apparently some people within the New England Patriots organization who aren’t thrilled with the former NFL MVP.
Newton will be suspended for five days, according to the Patriots, due to a “misunderstanding” with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
On Saturday, the quarterback was away from the squad for club-approved medical care, but he failed to adhere to established testing protocols.
Newton, who is unvaccinated, missed a day of testing despite the fact that he was tested outside of the Patriots’ facilities and came up negative.
Unvaccinated players must undergo daily testing at an NFL-approved facility.
According to NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, the Patriots are frustrated with Newton’s predicament internally.
Newton’s absence, according to one “key” member of the organization, will open the door for rookie Mac Jones to earn the starting quarterback job.

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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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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.