Brandon Beane downplays vaccination issues within Bills organization

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No team has been more associated with issues surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine than the Bills, as some of their players have made ignorant comments about the vaccine, while General Manager Brandon Beane has mused about cutting players if they won’t get vaccinated, earning a rebuke from the NFL Players Association.

But Beane says there’s less to the matter than meets the eye, saying that no one knows exactly what the NFL’s protocols will be for teams that don’t have enough players vaccinated, but that he’s confident the issue won’t be a problem for the Bills.

“We don’t know what the thresholds are. That’s part of the clarity that we don’t have today,” Beane said, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “We’ve obviously educated our guys on as much as we have. And I think it has been a hot topic, but in the building the guys have been very focused on football here. I think it’s probably grown more legs outside, whether it’s social media or articles. In here, we’re all on the same page.”

The NFL is planning to subject unvaccinated players to more COVID-19 testing and more restrictions, and so teams that have significant numbers of unvaccinated players may be at a competitive disadvantage. That could be a real issue this season, even if Beane doesn’t think it’s an issue for the Bills right now.

9 responses to “Brandon Beane downplays vaccination issues within Bills organization

  1. It is a problem because if a player is too dumb to not get vaccinated how can you expect them to be able to learn a play book?

  2. I can understand why a regular person might be wary of getting the vaccine because they believe it might pose more risk to their long term health than getting covid. I don’t agree, but that’s personal choice which one makes wisely or unwisely.
    But football players? That’s ridiculous. Whether it’s the things they inject into their body to reach peak performance, the pills they take to keep on the field, or the literal sport itself that consistently destroys bodies, their health is at much greater risk from their chosen career than even the most ludicrously speculated side effects from vaccines.
    Josh Allen is exponentially more likely to have a bad health outcome from being the team’s leading rusher, like he was during last season’s playoffs, than getting vaccinated.

  3. At least in my state, providers are now going to worksites at the employers’ invitation. I hope that this is happening with NFL teams too, especially since thresholds apply to players and staff. See what happens with vaccination rates when the shot is right there for the players and staff.

  4. The team with the least amount of vaccinated players also has the least intelligence

  5. These are mostly 25 year old’s in perfect physical health whose chances of getting extremely ill with Covid are miniscule. I don’t blame people for not wanting to get the vaccine (I got it for what it’s worth).

  6. These are mostly 25 year old’s in perfect physical health whose chances of getting extremely ill with Covid are miniscule. I don’t blame people for not wanting to get the vaccine (I got it for what it’s worth).
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    There are about 6-10 support people for every player on the team. From training staff, equipment people, custodial staff, grounds crew, nutrition people, video crew, and probably a slew of other jobs that the players come into contact with. It’s just like people were saying about wearing masks, it’s not just about protecting you, but it’s about protecting others. Thinking otherwise is shortsighted and selfish.

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