Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said on Wednesday that he would cut players if they did not receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
“Yeah, I would [cut them], because it would be an advantage,” Beane said on the Buffalo Bills’ team-sponsored radio show, “One Bills Live.”
“I think there’s going to be some incentives, if you have ‘X’ number percent of your players and staff vaccinated, you can live normal, let’s just call it, back to the old days.”
Beane is the first NFL GM to come out and say that players would face consequences if they did not receive the vaccine. Most clubs are recommending their players get the vaccine.
The league sent a memo in March stating that it would not require players to get the vaccine, but that there would be incentives for those that did receive the vaccine, including loosening mask requirements and distancing protocols.
Looking at the other leagues, the NBA has stated that over 70% of its players have been vaccinated. MLB has relaxed protocols for teams once 85% of its players have been vaccinated. The NHL has not had any restrictions lifted or loosened, as it deals with vaccine inequity between Canada and the United States.