Buffalo’s general manager assured that if cutting an unvaccinated player gives the team any advantage, it would
Brandon Beane received a call from the NFL office this week, a source from the same league said, about the Buffalo Bills general manager’s comments during a radio interview about whether he would hypothetically release an unvaccinated player if that meant the team will reach the minimum percentage imposed by the league of vaccinated individuals.
The message the league delivered to Beane, according to the insider, was that a team cannot release a player solely due to vaccination status.
Brandon Beane, general manager of the Buffalo Bills. Getty
During an interview on “One Bills Live” on Wednesday, Beane was presented with a scenario in which the Bills were one player from reaching an undefined percentage of vaccinated players and asked if he would cut an unvaccinated player back to The normality.
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Beane said it would, citing the advantage it would give the organization.
“We are laughing, but these meetings [la temporada pasada] They weren’t as productive as before, “Beane said.” You guys saw it on the training ground, sometimes we had three to four meetings, and sometimes they were talking to each other. But it was the only way to achieve it and to distance oneself socially ”.
“So it would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”
The NFL and NFLPA have not finalized coronavirus-related work guidelines for this offseason and 2021 season. But in various memoranda for teams, the league has said that vaccinated people will have more relaxed COVID-19 protocols than non-vaccinated people. vaccinated, that is, COVID-19 tests weekly instead of daily, lack of quarantine requirements if close contact with an infected individual is considered, and more freedom to meet with others outside of team facilities.
“It is also anticipated that clubs that achieve a certain vaccination rate among their staff and players will be able to relax restrictions on meetings, meal times and the use of locker rooms,” the NFL said in a recent memo. . It was that element that Beane referred to in the interview.
The NFL has said it will not require players to get vaccinated, but has directed its teams to educate all players and staff about vaccinations and to encourage them to get vaccinated. The league has provided educational materials, developed in consultation with outside medical experts, on vaccines and reiterated to franchises: “We strongly recommend that each club consider ways to share and disseminate the information described in these educational programs.”
The league hopes that the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated players and for teams that reach a certain threshold percentage of vaccinated personnel will act as an incentive for as many players and team personnel to be vaccinated as possible.
Information from ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques was used in this report.