The NFL will fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for violations of its COVID-19 protocols during the 2021 season.
According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said it was "league policy," while NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed as much.
The topic first became public when Arians told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that he plans to fine unvaccinated players $14,000 for breaking a COVID-19 protocol such as not properly wearing one's mask.
"A vaccinated player will get tested 14 times this year," Arians explained. "An unvaccinated player will get tested 140."
Whether teams are vaccinated will be a major storyline this season.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the league informed teams that any clubs that experience an outbreak that leads to a canceled game will be forced to forfeit that contest if the game can't be rescheduled within the 18-week season. What's more, if the outbreak occurs among unvaccinated individuals, then the team responsible will incur the financial burden.