The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly identifying unvaccinated players by having them wear yellow wristbands, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
Pittsburgh has had some of the best vaccines participation in the league, and have been so successful that vaccination efforts are no longer on their radar, head coach Mike Tomlin said at the beginning of training camp on Thursday.
“We really kind of moved on, to be honest with you,” Tomlin said on Thursday. “That’s why we wanted to be so proactive about addressing it, so we’re not spending a whole bunch of time thinking or talking about it. So, it’s a non-issue for us, thankfully, due to the efforts and willingness of our guys. We’re focused on football.”
The Steelers started training camp with more than 85% of the roster vaccinated, according to a report by the Associated Press, which would leave at most 13 players unvaccinated on the 90-man roster. Running backs Najee Harris and Benny Snell Jr. are among the players that have been seen wearing the yellow/green wristbands at practice thus far.
The Steelers are not the only team marking unvaccinated players either. According to Florio, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also having unprotected players wear yellow wristbands. Vaccinated players are wearing red ones.