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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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Cole Beasley isn’t anti-vax or pro-vax when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination and NFL protocols.

Cole Beasley Says Players Need ‘Proper Knowledge’ on Vaccines: ‘I’m Neither Anti or Pro Vax’ In a statement released Wednesday, Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley attempted to explain why he hasn’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that he believes NFL players don’t have all of the pertinent information.
He also expressed dissatisfaction with the league’s modified COVID-19 protocols, which handle vaccinated and unvaccinated players differently.
“I’m neither anti-vax nor pro-vax.”
“I’m a pro-choice person,” Beasley stated in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The problem here is that information is being kept from players in order for them to be persuaded in a direction with which they may not be comfortable.”
“There should be complete transparency regarding information when dealing with a player’s health and safety.
We need to know that we are fully informed and that people who are in a position to assist us will always do so based on our unique circumstances.” Here’s the rest of the statement: “Without all of the necessary information, a player can feel confused and unsure of a very personal decision,” Beasley wrote about immunizations.
“That makes a player feel unprotected, and it raises questions about future themes surrounding health and our capacity to make smart judgments,” Beasley noted in June.
“If you’re afraid of me, stay away.”
“Period,” Beasley said in a Twitter statement [sic].
“I might die of covid, but I’d rather die genuinely living,” Beasley said, adding that with NFL training camps started, he wanted to be a voice for players who are afraid or unwilling to get vaccinated.
“Some people say I’m being selfish by making this a’me’ thing,” Beasley stated in a statement released on Wednesday.
“It’s all about the young players who don’t have a voice and who are reaching out to me every day because they’re being told they’ll be cut if they don’t get vaxxed.”
“So, once unvaccinated players are cut, they’re losing a dream they’ve worked their whole lives for over a vaccine that has been shown to not save people from developing COVID,” Beasley continued.
Others, including players and coaches, have been hesitant to be vaccinated.
In a since-deleted tweet, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stated the NFL’s new COVID-19 outbreak and vaccine regulations are making him “worry” about his future in the league.
“I never imagined I’d say this, but being forced to injure my team because I don’t want to take the vaccine is making me doubt my NFL future,” Hopkins tweeted.
The NFL’s revised rules allow immunized athletes to return to near-normalcy, according to Ryan Tannehill.
Unvaccinated players, on the other hand, are subject to a slew of restrictions.
The league will pay unvaccinated players $14,650 if they breach COVID-19 regulations this season, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
As players arrived at training camps on Tuesday, the NFL sent teams updated COVID-19 camp and preseason protocols.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, another charge outlined in the document was a $50,000 fine for failing to submit a necessary COVID-19 test.
Beasley said the major goal now that the league’s protocols are in place is to keep him and other players safe.
“Safety isn’t just about avoiding the COVID virus,” Beasley explained.
“Our health is now and in the years ahead, which we are attempting to protect with our personal decision by doing everything we did in our protocols throughout the extremely successful 2020 NFL season.”

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Only because of NFL protocols did Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ryan Tannehill, the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, stated on Wednesday that he would not have taken the COVID-19 vaccine if it hadn’t been for the NFL’s standards.
“If you look around, nearly everyone has been immunized or is getting ready to be vaccinated,” Tannehill said after the team’s practice.
“I’m in the middle of it right now.”
The NFL has stated their intentions clearly.
If you don’t follow the protocol, they’ll strive to make your life as difficult as possible.
“Without the protocols that they are putting on us, I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine.”
I believe it is a personal choice for each of us.
They’re trying to force our hands, and the protocols have succeeded in forcing a lot of hands.
As of Wednesday, 86.9% of players had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, according to a source at The Athletic.
According to the source, 18 clubs in the NFL have a vaccination rate of 90 percent or greater, while three teams have a rate of less than 70 percent.
According to a memo from commissioner Roger Goodell last week, NFL teams with a COVID-19 outbreak will be compelled to forfeit their games if they cannot be rescheduled within the existing 18-week schedule.
The forfeiting team will be given a loss, which will have an impact on playoff seedings.
Tannehill joins a growing list of NFL players who have spoken out about the vaccine and the league’s new vaccination regulations.
Deandre Hopkins of the Cardinals said in a now-deleted tweet that being forced to injure his team because he refused to get the vaccine made him question his NFL future, while Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette simply said that he would not get the vaccine.

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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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The NFL has released new COVID-19 training camp and preseason protocols.

When players around the league report to their training camps across the country, the NFL has sent teams updated COVID-19 protocols for camp and preseason.
Nonetheless, regardless of vaccination status, the document contains details on the discipline that athletes will face.
The document was received by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and it reportedly stated that anyone who refuses to wear a tracker will be fined $14,650, and refusing to submit a necessary COVID-19 test will be fined $50,000.
Unvaccinated players are nonetheless subjected to the most stringent protocols, as they are compelled to wear masks at all times, including while lifting weights in the weight room and during sessions “unless when doing so would interfere with their ability to engage in athletic activity.”
Nonetheless, certain teams, such as the Washington Football Club, have a vaccination percentage of just over 50% among their players.
According to Pelissero, 85% of the league’s players have received at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccination has been controversial among certain athletes and coaches.
“I may die of covid, but I’d rather die genuinely living,” Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said on Twitter. Mark Cuban offered to purchase Beasley’s wife Pfizer shares if the wide receiver got vaccinated, and he promoted the vaccine on his social media platforms.
In a since-deleted tweet, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stated the NFL’s new policy on COVID-19 outbreaks and immunization are making him “worry” about his future in the league.
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.”
These enhanced guidelines come just days after the league told clubs that if an epidemic of unvaccinated players happened and the game could not be postponed, forfeits would be imposed.
In addition, the league told ESPN’s Jenna Laine that any unvaccinated athletes who breach COVID-19 regulations this season will be fined $14,650.
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According of COVID-19 procedures, the Minnesota Vikings have named Phil Rauscher as their new offensive line coach; Rick Dennison remains with the organization.

Rick Dennison was fired as a Vikings assistant coach after refusing to take the COVID vaccine, according to Michael Eaves.
Would more NFL coaches choose unemployment over vaccines? (1:49)
(1:49) The Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday that Phil Rauscher will take over as offensive line coach from Rick Dennison this season.
Dennison, who has not been inoculated against COVID-19, will continue to serve as a senior offensive adviser for the team.
The squad has also hired Ben Steele as an assistant offensive line coach.
Dennison had been ruled out by ESPN on Friday because he hadn’t been vaccinated, but the Vikings later indicated they were in talks with him about the NFL’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Dennison has spent the previous two seasons as the Vikings’ offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.
All Tier 1 employees, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts, must receive the vaccine.
Players are not forced to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, but they will be subjected to tight measures during training camp and during the season, which those who have been vaccinated will be able to avoid.
Any unvaccinated Tier 1 staff member must demonstrate a valid religious or medical reason for not obtaining the vaccine, according to a document distributed by the NFL last summer.
Coaches who lose their Tier 1 designation are barred from being on the field, in conference rooms, or having direct dealings with players.
Courtney Cronin of ESPN contributed to this story.

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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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NFL COVID-19 regulations will result in severe sanctions for unvaccinated players.

Since the debate over vaccines continues in the United States, NFL COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 season will be highly stringent.
Unvaccinated players who violate the NFL COVID-19 health and safety regulations will be penalized $14,650 each violation, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
This comes after the NFL announced that if a COVID-19 epidemic occurs during the season among unvaccinated players, the teams responsible will be forced to forfeit games if they cannot be rescheduled.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals is one of those who has spoken out against vaccinations.
Cole Beasley, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, has been a outspoken opponent of COVID-19 vaccinations, causing friction with teammates Stefon Diggs and Jerry Hughes.

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The latest on the NFL’s COVID-19 response as teams and coaches disagree about immunization procedures.

Two assistant coaches left their organizations over pandemic-related policies one day after the NFL warned teams they may face forfeiture if a COVID-19 epidemic emerged from unvaccinated players. The Athletics Chad Graff confirmed Friday that Vikings offensive line coach Rich Dennison was fired after refusing to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vikings later issued a statement indicating they were continuing in talks with Dennison, but that the former NFL assistant didn’t have an exemption to the league’s vaccine standards for Tier 1 personnel. “We will comply to the requirements of the procedures and of applicable law,” the statement said.
The league then committed to a number of incentives (together with the NFL Players Association) that would make working conditions for those who were vaccinated much better than for those who were not.

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In the event of a COVID-19 epidemic, NFL teams may be forced to forfeit.

The NFL has cautioned clubs that they may be forced to forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 epidemic among non-vaccinated players, and that players on both teams will be compensated the following week.
“As we discovered last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety rules and making necessary adjustments in reaction to changing situations,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to teams obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
The NFL does not plan to add a 19th week to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled inside the 18-week regular season, according to Goodell.
Yet, forfeitures are one of the possible outcomes.
“If a game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID epidemic among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams,” Goodell writes in the memo, “the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be regarded to have played 16 games for reasons of draft, waiver priority, etc.”
The forfeiting team will be given a loss and the other team will be given a win for postseason seeding considerations.
More than half of the league’s teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates of more than 80%, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated, according to the league.
Almost every club has vaccinated 100% of their Tier 1 and 2 employees.
Teams have policies in place for employees who have not been vaccinated, in accordance with the April guidance.
— If a vaccinated person tests positive and is asymptomatic, he or she will be isolated and contact tracing will begin immediately, according to the memo.
After two negative tests spaced at least 24 hours apart, the positive individual will be allowed to return to duty, and will be tested every two weeks or as ordered by the medical professionals.
Those who have been vaccinated will not be placed in quarantine as a result of close contact with an infectious person.
— If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the 2020 standards will be followed.
If asymptomatic, the person will be separated for ten days before being allowed to return to duty.
If an unvaccinated person comes into intimate contact with an infectious person, they will be subjected to a five-day quarantine.
— Anybody who has already been infected with COVID-19 will be deemed fully immunized 14 days after receiving at least one dose of an authorized vaccine.
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