More than 90% of the Pittsburgh Steelers players have been vaccinated, according to a report by NFL Network.
The Steelers, who have been among the NFL’s leaders in vaccination rates all offseason, are one of 14 such teams that have exceeded the 90% threshold, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Aditi Kinkhabwala reported on Tuesday.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert declined to give a specific figure for his team’s vaccination rate when speaking with the local media on Tuesday.
The Steelers, who reported for training camp a week earlier than the rest of the league due to playing in the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys, have been having their unvaccinated players wear neon yellow/green bracelets to denote their status.
Players that have gotten one shot or are not within the two-week waiting period after receiving the second shot are not included in the Steelers’ 90% threshold or wristband protocol.
Players that remain unvaccinated will be forced to maintain the league’s restrictive COVID-19 mitigation procedures from the 2020 season, including daily testing, PPE wear, social distancing and gathering restrictions. Players found to be in violation of those rules will be fined over $14,000 by the NFL.
The NFLPA has taken issue with the league’s wristband policy of identifying unvaccinated players.