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In their efforts to lift as many NFL COVID-19 protocol restrictions as possible, the Buffalo Bills haven’t taken much off the table. According to the team’s general manager, Brandon Beane, that includes cutting an unvaccinated player.
On Wednesday, Beane joined the crew over on One Bills Live, and there he revealed whether he would cut an unvaccinated player, if it came down to it.
“Yeah, I would,” Beane said, via AP News. “You guys saw it in the fieldhouse. We had three and four meetings going on, and sometimes you’re talking over each other. But it was the only way to pull it off and be social distant. So it would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”
🚨Coming up at 12:15pm, @BuffaloBills GM Brandon Beane joins the show!
— One Bills Live (@OneBillsLive) May 5, 2021
As things sit, the NFL protocols list the number of players who can meet at one time. The league could become more lenient and less restrictive on teams that are fully vaccinated to incentivize them to take the vaccine.
We’ve seen something similar happen already.
According to AP News, vaccinated teams, including the Bills, were able to be at their headquarters during the 2021 NFL Draft — without masks — under the new vaccination rules. As of right now, that sort of advantage doesn’t carry over to player vaccination, but it might.
At this point, none of this should be surprising, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Just last month, Buffalo announced that fans must be vaccinated for stadium entry. That’s concerning.
Now the goal is apparently to do whatever it takes to get back to normal, including cutting players
“I think there’s going to be some incentives. If you have X number percent of your players and staff vaccinated, you can live normal, let’s call it — back to the the old days,” Beane continued. “If you don’t, it’s going to look more like last year.
“But I hope, if those are the rules, that we’ll be able to get enough people to be vaccinated and not have to deal with all the headaches.”
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