It is possible that a number of NFL players are successfully pulling off a play-action fake against a league that wants them vaccinated.
Entering Week One, the league said 93.5 percent of its players had received the jabs that shield them from the coronavirus, commissioner Roger Goodell becoming an unlikely leader in the country’s push to keep its people safe from the pandemic.
Yet, that number may have been boosted by fake vaccination cards.
Both declined. According to one of the agents, though: “[The player] was like, ‘Oh well my teammate’s got this fake card. Should I just do that?’”
The league has made it difficult for those who are not vaccinated — or at least those who do not have a card stating they are. A game would be forfeited, rather than postponed if a COVID-19 breakout occurs among unvaccinated players. Only unvaccinated players are subject to being quarantined if they are deemed close contacts of those who test positive.
If a player does not want to get the shots for one reason or another — and there is an awful lot of misinformation regarding the vaccine — there is reason to run an end-around.
“I think [fake cards are] a lot more common than people realize,” one agent told Defector. “Look, you’re talking about the NFL. These guys do anything they can to fudge a weed test or a PED test.”
According to the report, the league and the Players Association met this summer to discuss the fakes, and the responsibility lies with the teams rather than the NFL.
“Any attempt by team personnel or players to use a forged or fake card would be reviewed under the personal conduct policy and subject the individual to discipline,” the NFL said in a statement to the website. “In addition, it is a federal criminal offense. No club has reported any such activity during the verification process.”