Jags head coach Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke are going to be under the microscope following the attendance by Meyer, that they had taken into account a player’s vaccination status when deciding on roster cuts.
“Everyone was considered. That was part of the 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.” Meyer stated to reporters on Tuesday, September 30th.
The NFL has strict protocols when it comes to unvaccinated or players who are not fully vaccinated; however, a mandate for vaccination has not been instated.
Jags head called into account defensive end Josh Allen’s situation of being placed on the Reserve/ COVID-19 list before the preseason contest against the Saints, citing:
“Well, Josh Allen’s never had (COVID),” Meyer said. “He’s not played in two weeks. So he’s never had COVID. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, but he’s never had COVID. So that’s pretty punitive.”
Allen has was recently activated from the list on Monday.
Meyer’s remarks caught the attention of the NFLPA, resulting in Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFL Players Association, George Allah, to tell ESPN via email that “these Stamenets have led top open an investigation.”
This isn’t the first time the issue has come up in the offseason. Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane admitted back in May that he would cut an unvaccinated player if it led to a normal offseason.
“Yeah, I would,” Beane said on One Bills Live.“You guys saw it in the fieldhouse, we had three and four meetings going on, and sometimes you’re talking over each other. But it was the only way to pull it off and be social distant. So it would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”
More of these kinds of stories could continue to light up the headlines from around the league as COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a while.