Just one day after it was announced that Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop tested positive for COVID-19, Arians announced that he’s implementing his own protocols for the 2021 season.
“For us, life is not normal,” Arians told reporters. “We’re pretty much under the same protocols – we’re gonna be under the same protocols as last year because that’s the way it is, especially living here. Tennessee coming in and going out to dinner – they found out the hard way. So did Ryan [Succop]. You can only tell them so much. Once we get to 53, even this weekend, our guys are gonna make a bunch of sacrifices that you have to make now. Families at the hotel, all those things – they’re all out the window.”
Arians’ rules will apply for every player regardless of their vaccination status.
“We ain’t goin anywhere. We’re the same as last year,” Arians said. “I don’t give a crap if they’re vaccinated or not. They ain’t going anywhere.”
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This might seem like a harsh decision by Arians, but he’s doing what he believes needs to be done to ensure that his players avoid an outbreak.
Considering the Buccaneers won a Super Bowl with these strict protocols in place last season, the locker room probably won’t push back Arians on this one.