Ron Rivera ‘beyond frustrated’ that many players on Washington Football Team are unvaccinated

Brad Sullivan
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On Tuesday, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera stated that he is “beyond frustrated” over the fact that so many of his players still remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.

While Rivera is rightfully concerned that the players’ unwillingness to get vaccinated could affect his own health, he’s also undoubtedly concerned about the potential ramifications of a COVID outbreak on the team.

In the latter case, that stems from the NFL’s recent directive that teams who experience an outbreak and force the cancellation of a game will have to forfeit that contest if the game is unable to be rescheduled.

In addition, should such cancellations occur, the team with the COVID outbreak will suffer severe financial penalties, including players not getting paid for that game and any others that have to be cancelled. The fact that the Washington Football Team’s vaccination rate is embarrassingly low makes them a more likely candidate to suffer that fate.

The NFL is also mandating that players this year who don’t get vaccinated will have to follow stringent rules, including daily testing, travel restrictions and mask-wearing. That’s in contrast to vaccinated players, who no longer have those burdens.

While Rivera has made his feelings known on the issue, Washington’s vaccination rate may not end up improving until teammates of the unvaccinated players make their own case for helping the team through this simple action.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.