Brady has since been vaccinated and the Bucs joined the Atlanta Falcons as the only two teams to have a 100% vaccination rate among their players. The overall NFL rate is over 90%, but that leaves a handful of players on most teams still unvaccinated and potentially endangering both teammates’ health and finances, and the team’s chances of finding success this season.
The NFL announced in July that if a game cannot be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will forfeit the game and it will count as a loss. Additionally, players for both teams will not receive their salaries for the game.
Brady told the Tampa Bay Times that he thinks COVID-19 could be a bigger issue this year than last year.
“I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans. It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year. It’s going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it.”