Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Jordan Poyer, and several Bills players have declined to answer questions regarding them taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Of course, the pandemic does seem to be wavering off in the US, but the largest reason for the drop in cases is the the vaccine. Players are looking to get vaccinated as well to avoid contracting the virus during the season as well, but it appears several Bills players don’t share the same mindset when it comes to the vaccine.
Safety Jordan Poyer adamantly refused to answer anything about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Josh Allen Dismisses Vaccine Conversations, Head Coach Sean McDermott Concerned About Players
As soon as Jordan Poyer connected into his media call, the first thing he said was:
“Real quick, before we start, I’m not going to be answering questions about vaccines. So if you guys can direct your questions all to football, I would love to answer them. All respect. I appreciate it”
Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds declined to answer anything as well. All of this is concerning head coach Sean McDermott who believes that not enough of his players are getting vaccinated. He said this last time:
“I’m concerned about that”
General Manager Brandon Beane also even took it a step further saying he might cut players who don’t take the vaccine:
“Yeah, I would, because it’d be an advantage. These meetings were not as productive as before because you guys saw in the field house, 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 socially distanced. It would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”
However, this drew harsh criticism from the NFL Player’s Association, so the case is nowhere near as open and shut as it might seem. The pros of being vaccinated far outweigh the cons, so perhaps Beane has a point here. If one player is putting the rest of the league at risk like that, then maybe some form of punishment is warranted.
Once more, this will come with issues. If Josh Allen refuses to get the vaccine, is Beane really going to cut his franchise quarterback? Probably not, so there’s that notion thrown out the window. However, the NFL should look to encourage teams and players to get vaccinated as the pandemic still rages on throughout the world.