With the start of NFL training camps now less than seven weeks away, the relatively slow pace of players to get the COVID-19 vaccination has become one of the league’s most pressing issues. And there are real ramifications for individual players and teams as a whole come July.
The NFL won’t require players to get the vaccine, while the NFL Players Association continues to say it will encourage it. Soon, though, players will be split into two groups: Those who are vaccinated and those who aren’t, and the NFLPA doesn’t want to hear those in the latter group say their decision is due to a lack of information.
“We’ve talked about this now for four months,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday.