Cole Beasley # 11 and Josh Allen # 17 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate their eight-yard touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Bills Stadium on October 19, 2020.
As the start of the 2021-22 NFL season draws nearer, the league has released new rules to protect players and staff from coronavirus, guidelines that could absolutely make the Buffalo Bills season fail > The NFL “informed the clubs that if a game cannot be postponed during the 18 week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team will LOSE with the outbreak and, according to sources, a loss to the playoff Seed will be credited. « NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted on July 22.
The official memo, according to Pelissero, states that » for the purposes of the playoff setting, the abandoning team will be credited with a loss and the other team with a win « .
Bill’s quarterback Josh Allen and security Jordan Poyer have expressed disinterest in receiving the vaccine, and veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley tweeted on June 18 that he would » rather die « than vaccinate « I know vaccines are going to be a hot topic for the rest of the season and we are having conversations as a team and I will keep those conversations and decisions of myself and me Teammates in the house. We let everyone make their own personal decision on this matter. ”
In addition to lowering the chances of adding a 19th week to account for canceled games, the NFL memo states that the team that voted for a canceled Game is responsible for an outbreak among unvaccinated players / staff, is responsible for financial loss and potential risks are subject to discipline by the commissioner.
If a game is postponed due to a Covid outbreak among unvaccinated players of one of the participating teams, the club affected by the outbreak will be responsible for any additional costs incurred by the opposing team, as well as any shortfall between the actual and the expected payment to the VTS pool.
On the other hand: « If a club cannot play due to an increase in Covid among vaccinated people », the league will « try to reduce the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams To minimize « .
The NFL recognizes that continuous testing can be costly and will reimburse up to $ 400,000 in future Covid-related expenses.
Beasley, 32, experienced 2020 the most productive campaign of his nine-year NFL career, earning personal top marks at receptions (82) and reception areas (967). However, some, including Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, are starting to wonder if Beasley is now “trying to get the bills to cut him?” Another off-season controversy amid the influx of slot contestants the Bills – including fifth year gadget man Isaiah McKenzie – could give Buffalo a chance to part with Beasley if they so choose.
This is the story of how the #Bills got their Super Bowl window because their QB and Slot WR begin the only NFL COVID outbreak of the 2021 season. https://t.co/fqlpiJ61eY
On July 19, Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin told ESPN’s Todd Archer that players who refuse to be vaccinated “don’t want to win badly enough « . While Irvin sent a message specifically to the Dallas Cowboys, Beasley, who spent seven seasons in Dallas from 2012 to 2018, responded to the legend’s statement on Twitter.
That’s not what he meant. You can get vaccinated and not do the right footballing things to be at your best. All it means is that the players are going to be out there with Covid and we don’t know because they are only tested once a week so the NFL can make their money. https://t.co/VukRFeeOp3
The Bills recipient rallied against the first memo the NFL sent out in April with new rules for vaccinated players, but has not yet commented on the latest rules.
This is crazy. Did we vote on it? I stay in the hotel. We still have meetings. We will all be together. Vaccinated players can go out of the hotel and bring Covid back to where I am. So what does it matter if I stay in the hotel now? 100 percent immune with vaccination? No. https://t.co/g61WM8zAOh
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