Why Houston Texans canceled minicamp and why Deshaun Watson may have benefitted
Deshaun Watson may avoid fines because the Texans have cancelled their mandatory minicamp. The disgruntled QB was expected to skip camp.So now, their summer vacation starts earlier and will be extended, and, perhaps one key player can avoid a significant fine.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley took to Twitter on Thursday night to express his dissatisfaction with the COVID-19 protocols agreed to by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, calling the union a "joke."
The league and the NFLPA announced Wednesday they have lifted restrictions for fully vaccinated players while continuing strict protocols for those who are unvaccinated. This includes daily testing, social distancing and wearing masks during travel and at team facilities for unvaccinated players. Vaccinated players will not have to follow the same restrictions, essentially returning to normal life as long as they are with other vaccinated individuals.
Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Players not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have 'harder time' this season
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said those who don't receive shots will only make things more difficult for themselves throughout the summer and fall months. He explained:"The unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time in the season. They’re going to be wearing masks, they’ll have to social distance. They’ll have daily testings. They won’t be able to go home for bye week. They’ll have to come back here and test every day."When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on buses differently, travel on planes differently.
"This is crazy. Did we vote on this?" Beasley wrote on Twitter. "I stay in the hotel. We still have meetings. We will all be together. Vaccinated players can go out the hotel and bring covid back in to where I am. So what does it matter if I stay in the hotel now? 100 percent immune with vaccination? No.
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"The players association is a joke. Call it something different. It’s not for the players. Everyone gives me the 98 percent of people who are vaccinated don’t get covid again. The odds of me getting in the NFL and playing for 10 years are lower than that and I’m here."
Cole Beasley furious at COVID-19 protocol requirements for unvaccinated players
Veteran Buffalo Bills wideout Cole Beasley took to Twitter to let everyone know how furious he is with the COVID-19 protocols. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has made it more than clear that he's not getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Several players across the NFL have come out and said they won't be doing so too. Well, the NFL's new policies for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated players has come out and countless playmakers are furious. In case you missed it, unvaccinated players during training camp and preseason will get tested every day, they'll have to wear masks, they must socially distance themselves from teammates and more.
While vaccinated players are permitted to leave the team hotel and interact with vaccinated people outside the organization while traveling, unvaccinated players will not be afforded the same luxury. Players who break the rules could be fined $50,000.
"So what are we really talking about?" Beasley wrote. "I understand completely why the NFL is doing this. It gives them back the freedom to make the most money as possible again if everyone is vaccinated. But will anyone fight for the players or nah?
"That’s all…I don’t know who I need to talk to but someone has to get it right. That’s why I’m on here. Hopefully the right people will see it and at least think about how all this NFLPA stuff works. It needs to be changed."
While the NFL and NFLPA have encouraged players to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, results have been mixed with some teams approaching 75% or better vaccination rates and others far off. Both sides continue to educate players and coachecs about the benefits of being vaccinated.
Opinion: The NFL needs to use Juneteenth to examine its race-norming past
The NFL celebrates Juneteenth but the league should do is use this day to reflect on why it used race-norming against its Black players.In a memo to all teams that was destined to be leaked to the media, Goodell, in part, wrote: "This year, as we work together as a family and in our communities to combat the racial injustices that remain deeply rooted into the fabric of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed. It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.
Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater (70) runs a drill as Brenden Jaimes (64) and Kyle Spalding (60) watch during an NFL football rookie minicamp in Costa Mesa, Calif., Friday, May 14, 2021.