But it’s not just team penalties. Unvaccinated players will also be subject to financial discipline for violating league protocols. According to ESPN.com, the league will fine unvaccinated players $ 14,650 any time they violate protocols. (For example, by not wearing a mask in areas where it is required, or by attending a crowded indoor event.)
A Saturday morning report from the Tampa Bay Times gave the impression that Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said this week that the team itself would fine unvaccinated players, but the Arians and the spokesperson of the league, Brian McCarthy, later confirmed to ESPN that Arians was simply reiterating league policy. .
Arians did not say how many Bucs players are vaccinated, but believes the team will hit the 85 percent mark by the end of training camp. The Bucs were among the teams with the fewest games missed due to COVID-19 last season, with just three players having to sit down after contracting the virus or having been in close contact with someone who had it. do.
“It’s just a matter of staying healthy,” Arians said. “You’re not going to win with the third strings. I took this route. We had a very, very good team in Arizona. We lose David Johnson, we lose Carson Palmer, we lose our tackle. You can’t control the injuries. If they happen, they happen. We were very lucky last year, and our training staff and sport science staff were great, and it had a lot to do with injury prevention. “
Arians also said the Bucs haven’t brought in any doctors or vaccine specialists to address the team as a whole, ESPN said, but noted that there is a fairly straightforward way for unvaccinated players. avoid fines or cause the team to lose a game: “Just follow the rules from last year. “