“Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration.”
Those comments apparently didn’t sit well with the NFL Player’s Association. According to a report from NFL insider Mark Maske, the NFLPA’s George Atallah said Meyer’s comments are “a concern and we are going to look into it.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk later reported that Meyer’s comments led the NFLPA to “open an investigation.” Players can’t be released based solely on their vaccination status, according to the NFL.
Of course, there was plenty of fan reaction with most taking Meyer’s side. NFL coaches are all thinking the same thing, but Meyer was the only one who said it out loud.
Here’s some of the reaction from around social media.
“Urban Meyer did nothing wrong” isn’t a thing I expected to find myself saying https://t.co/1brehrU7PQ
— Jason Kirk, big The Alliance fan (@thejasonkirk) September 1, 2021
Was there anything wrong with what Urban Meyer said Andrew? He said that vaccination status was “a factor” in decisions. When these rules were instituted did anybody in their right mind think vaccination status would not be considered at all? https://t.co/GwSNnQwhv8
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) September 1, 2021
Earlier this offseason, the NFL reportedly called Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane to “reinforce to him that a player cannot be released solely on vaccination status.”
Regardless of the NFLPA’s “investigation” there are plenty of other coaches and general manager’s making similar decisions when it comes to roster cuts.
They just didn’t say so out loud.