BOSTON (CBS) — Thursday night’s postponed Red Sox-Yankees game provided a blunt reminder that sports leagues are still navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a couple of short weeks, the opening of NFL training camps will add yet another layer to that equation.
While the NFL did not mandate vaccinations for players and staff, the league did incorporate some rather severe restrictions for anyone who does not receive a vaccination. Those rules seem to be working, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that 73.8 percent of NFL players have received at least one shot thus far.READ MORE: Red Sox Fall To 2nd Place In AL East With 9-5 Loss To Rays
Pelissero also noted that 13 teams have reached the critical 85 percent vaccination rate, a threshold which allows for teams to have certain freedoms when training camp begins.
NFL player vaccination update:
– 13 teams are over the 85% threshold
– 73.8% of players have at least one shot
– 2 teams are below 50%READ MORE: Revolution Defeat New York Red Bulls 3-2 For 4th Straight Win
Most teams report to training camp in 11 days …
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 16, 2021
Of course, that report had a flip side, with Pelissero noting that two teams are below a 50 percent vaccination rate, thus ensuring that some teams will have some serious restrictions when their camps open, and beyond.
The NFL imposed rules for unvaccinated players, which include daily COVID testing, mask mandates, eating alone, mandated quarantines following exposure to an infected individual, and limited in-person interactions.MORE NEWS: Chris Sale Tosses 5 Strong Innings, Strikes Out 7 In Rehab Start With Worcester
The specific teams that have reached the threshold have not been identified. The Patriots open their training camp on July 28.