Report: Bills’ Cole Beasley Fined Nearly $100,000 For Breaking COVID Rules

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley caught COVID but can’t seem to catch a break.

The wideout tested positive for COVID early last week, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Beasley has been fined by the NFL multiple times for COVID protocol violations that add up to about $100,000.

Chris Mortensen - Tweet 1 & 2 - Cole Beasley

Beasley missed the Bills’ 33-21 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday and will be out, at minimum, 10 days from his positive test, per league rules.

Beasley won’t miss out on a check for this game, though. Under rules agreed to between the league and the players association, unvaccinated players are not penalized their game check if they miss a game because of a positive COVID test.

Mortensen reports that “several team execs who believe it’s one loophole that needs to be revisited for 2022, believing an unvaccinated player who lands of the Covid-19 reserve list should not be paid if he misses a game or games.”

Chris Mortensen - Tweet 3 & 4 - Cole Beasley

It is not clear what “loopholes” the team executives that Mortensen spoke to are referring to, as the current rules and regulations are agreed upon through negotiations between the NFL Players Association and NFL in the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement and COVID Amendments to 2020 CBA.

According to ESPN data, only 20% of vaccinated players who tested positive have returned in fewer than 10 days, while 80% of COVID positive NFL players have sat out for at least 10 days regardless of vaccination status, OutKick previously reported.

This season, Beasley has totaled 76 receptions for 640 yards and a touchdown.

After beating the Patriots (9-6), the Bills (9-6) now look to Week 17’s matchup as they host the Atlanta Falcons (7-8) on Jan. 2 and then host the New York Jets (4-11) in Week 18.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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  1. NFL, look at yourselves. “Via video monitoring by the league”. You are video monitoring your players…over COVID PROTOCOLS. Yeah, that’s perfectly normal in the United States. Just wad up the constitution and use the bathroom on it while you’re at it. Nazi Football League.

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