A few days ago, it was announced that the Atlanta Falcons have become the first and only NFL team to have a 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate among players, the team announced Monday, weeks before the start of the regular season.
The team had reached a 92% vaccination rate on July 23 and now, every player on the team is inoculated against the virus. It appears they made that mark by shedding some unvaccinated players off the team.
“It didn’t happen because they convinced their lingering holdouts to get the vaccine. Per a league source, the Falcons made it to full vaccination among all players by cutting their two unvaccinated players.”
A few days ago, the team announced that they had cut defensive lineman George Obinna and offensive lineman Bryce Hargrove. Not entirely sure that those are the players, but the timeline adds up.
Obinna signed with the team in June after spending time with the Browns last season. He was undrafted out of Sacramento State.
Hargrove went to Pitt and signed with the Falcons after being passed over in this year’s draft.
“Each player will now enjoy the benefits of being able to work out and eat together,” the team’s website said. “They won’t have to test daily, won’t have to wear masks around the facility and won’t have to quarantine following a close contact with someone who tests positive.”