Urban Meyer might be in some serious trouble over his latest comments.
When the Jaguars trimmed their roster to 53 players on Tuesday, it was more than just the player’s performance that they were looking into. According to new coach Urban Meyer, Jacksonville also factored whether or not players were vaccinated for COVID-19 into decisions related to the NFL’s cut-down deadline.
“Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration.”
Because of those comments, NFLPA’s George Atallah said his words are “a concern and we are going to look into it.”
The NFL, meanwhile, does not mandate players be vaccinated for COVID-19 but has implemented stricter protocols for players and staff who are unvaccinated entering the 2021 season.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said early this offseason that he would cut any player who didn’t receive the COVID vaccine before facing backlash from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. Those comments were addressed with league executives.
It remains to be seen what happens going forward.
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