It appears that NFL players are buying in to the league’s plans to protect itself from COVID-19.
Judy Battista of NFL.com and the NFL Network issued an updated set of numbers for the league’s vaccination rates on Wednesday. The results were rather promising, as 91.7% of players had at least one dose of the vaccine. Additionally, there are 15 teams, likely including the Steelers, that have 95% of its players vaccinated.
Just last month, the NFL announced hefty punishments for any player that is unvaccinated and violates COVID-19 procedures, including a $14,650 fine. Teams that have outbreaks amongst unvaccinated players could pay a hefty price, too, including potential forfeits if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season.
The Steelers have been one of the league’s most active teams this offseason in terms of vaccinations. Steelers president Art Rooney II told reporters in training camp that the team is down to a handful of unvaccinated players.