As the Eagles open a training camp, the NFL sends a clear message on the COVID-19 vaccine
The Eagles will officially open their training camp on Tuesday, and there is no lack of conspiracy around the team entering the 2021 season.
The new head coach Nick Sirianni started his first year in Philadelphia and faced many skeptics. Jalen Hurts is to prove that he-not Deshaun Watson-is the team’s future quarterback. Of course, DeVonta Smith will make his debut on the midnight green, which is his highly anticipated debut.
But one of the biggest storylines entering the NFL training camp this summer is the speed at which players, coaches and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Late last week, the NFL informed the team of the COVID-19 policy and agreement for the upcoming season, which is First report Written by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
If a game cancelled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among unvaccinated players cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week regular season, the team experiencing the outbreak will have to give up and lose the game. In addition, if a violation of the COVID-19 health and safety protocol is found, the team experiencing the epidemic may face financial penalties and disciplinary action from Commissioner Roger Goodell.
At the same time, if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 among vaccinated players and coaches, the league said it will do everything it can to help both teams. In addition, vaccinated players who test positive and are asymptomatic can return to the team facility after testing negative for COVID-19 two days apart. Players and coaches who have not been vaccinated will be required to comply with the 10-day quarantine period implemented by the league last year.
The agreement that caught the attention of most people is as follows: If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled during the regular season, then neither team will get paid.
According to reports, this provision was originally agreed with the players’ union last year. Sports meetingBut last year, when there was no COVID-19 vaccine available, players, coaches and staff were required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and keep air bubbles as small as possible to limit the possibility of possible exposure to the virus.
As the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available to the public, the team will be able to more easily track who may have caused the outbreak and whether they have been vaccinated.
The league and NFLPA are still negotiating whether to allow teams to relax COVID-19 health and safety restrictions after a certain percentage of players and coaches are fully vaccinated. Once 85% of the team’s players, coaches and club staff are fully vaccinated, MLB allows the team to enjoy a relaxed COVID-19 health and safety protocol.
Therefore, it can be said with certainty that the league will adopt a zero-tolerance attitude towards teams that have not been vaccinated this season between players and coaches that have suffered an outbreak.
Participate in the competition when you plan to compete this season, otherwise you will face consequences. You will be punished if the match is cancelled due to an outbreak of an outbreak of an unvaccinated player.
The Eagles will not comment on the percentage of fully vaccinated players, coaches and staff or how the team approaches the league’s COVID-19 vaccine policy. But based on some league-wide COVID-19 vaccine statistics released by the NFL, we have some understanding of the Eagles’ position on this matter.
According to the National Football League, approximately 80% of NFL players have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Alan Sears, Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance, Which makes people think that the team already knew these agreements well before they were made public last week.
Nine teams exceeded the 90% threshold. A total of 14 teams have at least 85% of the vaccines fully vaccinated. Only five teams are below the 70% threshold, and all 32 teams have more than half of their players fully vaccinated.
So what we know is At least Half of the Eagles locker room has been fully vaccinated. However, this means that they may be exactly 50% or more than 90%.
Since the Alliance’s COVID-19 vaccine policy was made public last week, it has had a lot of impact.Rick Dennison, the offensive line coach and running game coordinator of the Vikings is Give up rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine Due to the policy of the league, the Patriots’ joint offensive coach Kolpovic will not be with the team this year.
Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins publicly questioned his NFL future on Twitter, and Bill’s wide receiver Corbisley Further cementing his title as the league’s chief COVID-19 vaccine skeptic, he has won this offseason for granted.
The NFL’s COVID-19 protocol for the upcoming season is arguably the strongest position we have ever taken on vaccination by any North American professional or college sports league.
Earlier this summer, the NFL stated that coaches and staff can only refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they receive a medical or religious exemption. Otherwise, they will have to be removed from Tier 1 status, thereby limiting their ability to regularly contribute to football operations.
On the other hand, players have CBA as a cover to avoid being forced to vaccinate. Therefore, although the league does not directly mandate vaccination, it is almost impossible for a coach to avoid vaccination and continue to participate in daily football activities without medical or religious reasons. Now, it is using these new policies to vigorously motivate players to follow suit.
In the near future, policies like the NFL may be more what we see from other sports leagues or conferences.It is important to know why The NFL vigorously promotes the COVID-19 vaccine.
Public health is certainly playing a role.This Highly infectious Delta variants continue to spread across the country, Leading to an increase in the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths among people who have not been vaccinated.
But in the final analysis, this is a decision driven by the bottom line.
After a season of largely empty stadiums without fans, the NFL is doing everything it can to make up for the lost money. Stadiums like Lincoln Financial Field will be fully operational this fall.
Playing less games means that all stakeholders (players, coaches, front desks, bosses, advertisers, TV partners, etc.) have less money. Fully vaccinating as many players, coaches and staff as possible is the financial way to get the NFL back to the state it wants. The NFL has determined that the COVID-19 vaccine is beneficial to businesses.
Like last season, the NFL is expected to participate in all 272 regular season games this year. The league has no plans to schedule “Week 19” for teams suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak this season.
Last year, teams like the Titans and the Ravens had a large-scale COVID-19 outbreak, which led to constant rescheduling and postponements of matches so that there were enough healthy players to participate in the matches. It seems that the days when the NFL did its best to ensure that the COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players finishes all 17 games.
Ensuring everyone complies with the NFL’s COVID-19 vaccine policy may not be the easiest task for a rookie head coach like Sirianni. However, even if few expect the Birdies to compete for the NFC Eastern or Super Bowl title this year, they cannot let the COVID-19 vaccination be distracting.
You don’t want to be a player or coach who refuses to be vaccinated and can make the team pay for a game and their respective salary. Lack of COVID-19 vaccination will directly lead to reduced income, loss of games and eventually missed playoffs.
The Eagles may not be contenders in the Super Bowl or the NFC East in 2021, but if they want something similar to a successful season, they can’t let COVID-19 vaccination become a distraction this season.