Sport Bruce Arians says Bucs will be under “pretty much the same” COVID-19 travel protocols as 2020
Bruce Arians may implement mask mandate at facility, but won’t restrict player movement at home
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has said that, when the team is on the road this year, the same procedures will apply as in 2020. No one will be leaving the hotel, even if vaccinated. Beyond that, Arians is not yet ready to implement other 2020 protocols. Arians, who explained to reporters on Sunday how easy [more]Beyond that, Arians is not yet ready to implement other 2020 protocols.
The NFL made changes to COVID-19 protocols from last season, included relaxed rules on what vaccinated players can do away from the facility and on road trips.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday that the team isn’t adopting all of those changes. Arians told reporters that “there’s league rules and then there’s my rules” and that his rules don’t include exemptions for players to leave the team hotel on road trips.
“We. . . . For us, life is not normal. We’re going to be under pretty much the same protocols as last year,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Tennessee coming in and going out to dinner, they found out the hard way.”
Bruce Arians says Buccaneers are 100% vaccinated, joining Falcons as only teams so far
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached 100% vaccination, head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. The first was the Atlanta Falcons. The reigning Super Bowl champions open the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. The two NFL teams that are now fully vaccinated are in states that are experiencing the largest upticks in daily cases per 100,000. The southeast region of the United States is currently a hotspot with Georgia and Florida some of the least vaccinated states in the country, per the New York Times. Florida is averaging 93 new cases per day of 100,000 people (sixth worst in the nation) and Georgia averages 85 (eighth).
Arians is referring to Titans head coach Mike Vrabelfor COVID-19 and four Titans players going on the COVID-19 reserve list after joint practices in Tampa last week. He’d clearly like to avoid any such developments with his team as they try for another run at a Super Bowl title.
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Bills' Dion Dawkins 'not close' to full strength after COVID-19 hospitalization .
Dion Dawkins was hospitalized for four days after developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Dawkins lost 16 pounds and might have an uphill battle to be ready by the time the Bills begin their season. “He’s not close to where he needs to be to play and help us,” McDermott said. “So he’s got a long road here. … He’s going to control what he can control, and so are we. He’s got to continue to work hard to get himself back to where he’s — I mean, this is what, going on Week 4 of training camp at this point, so he’s missed a lot of time.