Bruce Arians is taking no risks this season and after a positive case of COVID following the The Tampa Bay buccaneers‘ preparatory match against Titans du Tennessee, he announced a strict policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.
Kicker Ryan Succop, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive on Tuesday after going out for dinner with some members of the Titans squad. In response, Arians said on Wednesday it would implement its own rules for car travel.
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“For us, life is not normal,” Arians said, via ESPN. “We’re pretty much under the same protocols – we’re going to be under the same protocols as last year. Because that’s how it is, especially living here. “
“Tennessee in and out to dinner – they found out the hard way. Ryan too, ”he continued. “You can’t tell them the same. Once we get to 53 – even this weekend – our guys are going to make a bunch of sacrifices that you have to make now. Families at the hotel, all of that stuff – they all went out the window. “
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Strict COVID safety protocols have essentially been lifted for all players vaccinated under the updated NFL policy, but with a recent increase in cases nationwide and the appearance of the Delta variant, the Arians are unwilling to risk matches.
“There are the league rules and then there are my rules. We’re not going anywhere. We are the same as last year, ”he added. “I don’t care if they are vaccinated or not. They’re not going anywhere. “
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Succop will miss the last preseason game on Saturday when the Bucs travel to Houston to face the Texans.