Hopkins said the policy has him unsure about his future in the league: “Never thought I would say this But being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the NFL.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that it is “league policy,” and estimated that more than 85 percent of his team’s roster will be vaccinated by final cuts.
“We’re going to have a very serious conversation,” Arians said in an interview with Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t like fining players, but I’m not going to tell anybody to get a mask on. They’ll just get automatically hit with $14,000.”
He continued: “A vaccinated player will get tested 14 times this year. An unvaccinated player will get tested 140.”