Earlier this week, the Atlanta Falcons became the first team in the NFL to have a 100-percent vaccination rate. On Thursday, a report came out revealing how the Falcons were able to get all their players vaccinated.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Falcons released the only two unvaccinated players on their roster. The names of those players are unknown at this time.
“It didn’t happen because they convinced their lingering holdouts to get the vaccine,” Florio wrote. “Per a league source, the Falcons made it to full vaccination among all players by cutting their two unvaccinated players.”
We’d imagine Atlanta wouldn’t cut a very valuable player if they were unvaccinated. That means the two players who were released this week were most likely fighting for a spot on the roster.
Falcons got to 100 percent vaccination rate not by persuading their two lingering holdouts to get jabbed, but by cutting them. https://t.co/gxnpJmESX4
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 19, 2021
There are a few other teams close to having a fully-vaccinated locker room, but they’ve been unable to reach that goal.
Florio believes some NFL teams won’t reach a 100-percent vaccinate rate because they have players who are “too valuable to the broader mission of winning as many games as possible.”
With strict protocols in place for those who are unvaccinated, it’ll be interesting to see if lower-level players will get another opportunity this fall.