The NFL has made it abundantly clear that they aren’t messing round with COVID this yr, which is admittedly dangerous information for Cole Beasley and the Buffalo Payments.
There are a number of essential takeaways from the memo that was despatched out Thursday to all 32 NFL groups, with robust tones that the league is taking the potential impression of unvaccinated gamers very severely. Based on the memo:
If a recreation is cancelled/postponed as a result of a membership can’t play resulting from a Covid spike amongst or ensuing from its non-vaccinated gamers/workers, then the burden of the cancellation or delay will fall on the membership experiencing the Covid an infection. We’ll search to attenuate the burden on opposing membership or golf equipment. If a membership can’t play resulting from a Covid spike in vaccinated people, we’ll try to attenuate the aggressive and financial burden on each collaborating groups.
The league is saying that they may assist and assist groups which might be vaccinated greater than groups that aren’t, principally telling them that in the event that they need to miss a recreation due to an outbreak amongst unvaccinated people, that they’re screwed financially and from a aggressive standpoint.
The memo continues:
If a recreation can’t be rescheduled throughout the present 18-week schedule and is cancelled resulting from a Covid outbreak amongst non-vaccinated gamers on one of many competing groups, the membership with the outbreak will forfeit the competition and can be deemed to have performed 16 video games for functions of draft, waiver precedence, and many others. For the needs of playoff seeding, the forfeiting group can be credited with a loss and the opposite group can be credited with a win.
There will be no extra week at the end of the season to make up missed games. The league is telling its teams that if you don’t want to be credited with a loss, get vaccinated.
Here’s the biggest penalty:
If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule due to a Covid outbreak, neither team’s players will receive their weekly paragraph 5 salary.
You don’t play, you don’t get paid.
What this memo also illustrates is that this has nothing to do with thresholds, such as the 85% number that allows teams to have added flexibilities. If an individual is unvaccinated and causes an outbreak, the team will suffer. Yes, Beasley, the league is looking at you. It’s your right to do what you want, but it’s also the league’s right to protect the competitive balance and the safety of your teammates and coaches, as well as the members of your opposing teams.
The NFL is taking an incredibly strong stance on this issue. Not being vaccinated could cost players, and teams, paychecks and games in the standings. At this point, it is strictly and wildly selfish for a player to remain unvaccinated.