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Atlanta Falcons are first NFL team to have all players vaccinated against Covid-19 

Atlanta Falcons are first NFL team to have all players vaccinated against Covid-19 

  • The Falcons are the first team to have 100 per cent of players vaccinated
  • Players do not have to put on masks on the facility, can eat and work out collectively
  • Atlanta start the season at house against Philadelphia on September 9
  • They are due to play the Jets at Tottenham in week 5 – Covid keen 











The Atlanta Falcons are the first NFL team to have all players vaccinated for Covid-19.

Vaccination has turn into a supply of rivalry on some groups with star players refusing to admit whether or not they are inoculated.

But that’s not a priority in Atlanta, with quarterback Matt Ryan being one of many first players to obtain jabs – and talk about it with team-mates.

Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan has been instrumental within the Falcons’ vaccine success

‘Each participant will now get pleasure from the advantages of having the ability to work out and eat collectively. They will not have to take a look at day by day, will not have to put on masks across the facility, and will not have to quarantine following an in depth contact with somebody who assessments optimistic,’ the team mentioned on its web site.

The transfer comes a month after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell despatched a memo warning of penalties for groups and unvaccinated players within the occasion of a Covid outbreak.

‘As we realized final year, we are able to play a full season if we keep a agency dedication to adhering to our well being and security protocols and to making wanted changes in response to altering situations,’ he mentioned.

‘If a sport can’t be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak amongst non-vaccinated players on one of many competing groups, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and might be deemed to have performed 16 video games for functions of draft, waiver precedence, and so on.’

New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith has one less thing to worry about

New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith has one much less factor to fear about

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, reported on Saturday that all 32 groups had a vaccination rate of 75 per cent. Twenty-eight groups had been over 85 per cent, 25 groups had been above 90 per cent, and 15 groups had a rate above 95 per cent.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians mentioned earlier this month that he expects his team to be shut to 100 per cent vaccinated for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 9.

The Falcons, who completed fourth within the NFC South final season, are due to play their week 5 house sport against the New York Jets on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Covid-willing.

Elsewhere, the Las Vegas Raiders would require all followers attending house video games to present proof of vaccination this season.

Ahead of the franchise’s first season in Nevada on the virtually model new Allegiant Stadium, the change has been made after new directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.

‘Health and security has at all times been our primary precedence,’ Raiders proprietor Mark Davis mentioned. ‘After session with Governor Sisolak and different group leaders, this coverage ensures that we are going to give you the chance to function at full capability with out masks for absolutely vaccinated followers for your entire season.’

Vaccinated followers won’t have to put on masks through the season, which begins in Las Vegas on September 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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