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Head Coach Bruce Arians Confirms Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vaccinated Against COVID-19; he said: “We are 100% vaccinated – our whole organization – all the players, all the coaches, everyone”

Last updated: 09/03/21 12:27 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians says his COVID-19 rules are & # 160;  stricter than those of the NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians says his COVID-19 rules are stricter than the NFL’s

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said the entire organization is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Buccaneers join their NFC South Division rival, the Atlanta Falcons, as the only NFL teams to proclaim a 100% vaccination. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said more than 93% of league players need to be fully immunized by Week 1.

Arians has privately and repeatedly said publicly that he wants the Buccaneers to treat COVID like an adversary and not take unnecessary risks in a state where positive cases and hospitalizations were reaching record levels in August.

“We are 100% vaccinated – our whole organization – all the players, all the coaches, everyone,” Arians said.

Several players were slower to come to the idea of ​​getting the vaccine.

Running back Leonard Fournette said he was not interested in the vaccine at the start of training camp. After some thought he said he had decided it was the right thing to do.

“People always catch it, but it’s a lot better to have a shot,” Fournette said. “We need all the hands here for these next two big games that we have to come.”

Arians has told his players he sets his own rules against what the NFL defines as protocols, saying his rules are stricter.

“There are the league rules and then there are my rules,” Arians said. “We’re not going anywhere (in terms of players mingling with the general population). We’re the same as last year. I don’t care if they’re vaccinated or not. They’re not going anywhere.”

The defending champions open the season against the visiting Dallas Cowboys next Thursday.

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