Report: Four teams remain below 50 percent vaccination threshold

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On the day a 10th team met the NFL’s 85 percent threshold of vaccinated players, the news is not as optimistic for four other teams.

Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Chargers have the lowest vaccination rates in the league. All four have fewer than 50 of their players vaccinated.

The Cowboys were one of the most recent teams to cross the 50 percent mark, per Maaddi.

As all training camps begin in the next two weeks, those teams will face competitive disadvantages.

Teams are required to have some method of easily identifying vaccinated individuals, using color-coded wristbands, credentials or another similar method, per Maaddi. Fully vaccinated players face relaxed protocols for 2021.

Unvaccinated players are required to undergo daily testing, to wear masks and to practice social distancing. They are prohibited from eating meals with teammates, from using the sauna or steam room and from leaving the team hotel while traveling for road games.

The NFL sent a memo to clubs last week, per Maaddi, that updated protocols for teams traveling to joint practices. The traveling party will be either 100 or 140, depending on the club’s vaccination percentage. The club must limit the number of individuals traveling on the team transportation to 85 but may travel additional Tier 1 and Tier 2 staff up to the applicable daily tier limits separately to attend the practice.

The NFL is not naming the teams that have an 85 percent vaccination rate, but the Steelers, Dolphins, Saints and Broncos all were reported as having crossed that threshold. Maaddi added the Panthers to that list.

16 responses to “Report: Four teams remain below 50 percent vaccination threshold

  1. This is a competitive disadvantage and I can’t imagine unvaccinated players would want to go through this. Football is sameness and conformity to attain a common goal. All for one and one for all.

    “Unvaccinated players are required to undergo daily testing, to wear masks and to practice social distancing. They are prohibited from eating meals with teammates, from using the sauna or steam room and from leaving the team hotel while traveling for road games”

  2. Ok so today a New York Yankee game was cancelled because of positive tests. One was a player fully vaccinated. Rich Eisen today, infected, fully vaccinated. I do not know how the government can continue to preach get these vaccinations when it’s clear they are worthless. I took the shots, probably a waste of time.

  3. I was surprised the Cowboys didn’t crack the top 4 but then it says they just crossed the threshold. Makes sense

  4. Any team who’s starting QB is unvaccinated is going to be walking through a minefield all year waiting to know if oh by the way coach know you just completed the Saturday walk through but QB1 was in contact with a person who tested positive. He must go into quarantine per the protocol better get #2 ready. Coaches will have to have bigger prep for those backups eating up reps. Even if you don’t care for vaccines and I’m sick of arguing with you, if the team you cheer for isn’t over 85, or QB1 isn’t you have less a chance than those that are. Plain and simple.

  5. If the vaccine doesn’t work on the Delta variant, then aren’t the vaccinated players going around without masks in more danger than the unvaccinated teammates?

  6. Bad look for WFT. Trying to do the right thing in so many areas, now we see they’re doing the stupid thing where it matters most.

  7. The question they should be asking is “are the players positive for the SARS Cov 2 antibodies, vaccinated or not?” If a previous infection yields a positive AB test, then there shouldn’t be an issue.

  8. Love all the armchair MD’s out here talking about breakthrough infections proving the vaccines “worthless”. Plenty of data out there about how being vaccinated SIGNIFICANTLY lowers your risk of being symptomatic, hospitalized, DYING, etc. Maybe use the data that’s out there to form an intelligent opinion instead of parroting what you heard some politician say?

  9. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    “Ok so today a New York Yankee game was cancelled because of positive tests. One was a player fully vaccinated. Rich Eisen today, infected, fully vaccinated. I do not know how the government can continue to preach get these vaccinations when it’s clear they are worthless. I took the shots, probably a waste of time.”

    Dude, the key here are deaths and ICU, if you are vaccinated, your can still get Covid, but the chances of you needing a ICU or you dying of Covid are almost no existent and that’s what matters.

  10. 3xapple says:
    July 16, 2021 at 9:45 am
    Love all the armchair MD’s out here talking about breakthrough infections proving the vaccines “worthless”. Plenty of data out there about how being vaccinated SIGNIFICANTLY lowers your risk of being symptomatic, hospitalized, DYING, etc. Maybe use the data that’s out there to form an intelligent opinion
    _________________
    You are exactly right. The vaccine is reducing symptoms by around 90%. So take your own advice and form an intelligent opinion. Why is it such a problem for someone to be unvaccinated? The only person they are putting at risk is themself. Vaccinated people can still catch and spread the virus just like unvaccinated. Unvaccinated cases have a 47% asymptomatic rate. That means with the 90% symptom reduction rate from the vaccine, waaayyyyy more of those vaccinated cases will be asymptomatic, which means they have a higher risk of spreading the virus. They don’t know they have it and they aren’t wearing masks or social distancing. When will everyone just chill out and let people live their lives the way they feel comfortable doing?

  11. The reason why people keep preaching about the vaccines is because is more easy to control the virus if more people are vaccinated and there are less chances of new and harder to control variants if the virus has less host to attach.
    So, yeah, the live and let live is cool, but makes sense to try get the most people on board for the sake of public health.

  12. Smartest 4 teams with the smartest players. They know what’s going to come in the near future and want no part of it. Bravo

  13. Finally the Cards are contending for something, the winner of the worst vaccination rate among all of the NFL. It’s their Super Bowl

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