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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported a few days ago that Steelers players who haven’t been vaccinated are required to wear yellow wristbands at practice. It was also later revealed by Noah Strackbein of Sports Illustrated that Najee Harris was one of 12 Steelers players, at maximum, who were unvaccinated.
Well, it now appears that Harris is fully vaccinated, as numerous Steelers beat writers reported that he no longer has the yellow wristband on. As we pointed out previously, for all we knew, Harris could have just been waiting to receive the second shot, and that appears to be the case.
The NFL set strict guidelines for players who are unvaccinated, and Commissioner Roger Goodell last week sent a memo to all 32 teams outlining COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021 season that calls for major consequences for teams with unvaccinated personnel, including the forfeiture of games. Any forfeits could result in players not being paid if their infections are known to have been the root of the outbreak.
According to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, Benny Snell Jr. still has a yellow wristband on, but of course, like Harris, that could change soon. Players who are unvaccinated are not allowed to eat with their teammates and would have to attend meetings via Zoom, along with a long list of other strict guidelines. So, the NFL is really doing everything they can to persuade players to get the shot.
Eighty-five percent of NFL players overall have received at least one shot and 14 teams have more than 90 percent of their players vaccinated, and according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, the Steelers are one of the 14 teams over 90 percent.