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The Buccaneers will pay unvaccinated players $14,000 for every violation of the COVID-19 policy, according to Bruce Arians.

While NFL teams cannot compel players to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine, they may make life tough for those who do not.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in particular, will impose financial penalties on players who are not vaccinated and do not follow protocol.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Bruce Arians would fine any unvaccinated player $14,000 for failing to wear a mask when required or breaking any other COVID-19 guidelines.
Players instead not be given warnings, but will instead be fined on the spot, according to the Buccaneers’ head coach.
Unvaccinated athletes will be tested every day, while vaccinated ones will be tested every other week, making things much more difficult for unvaccinated players.
“This year, a vaccinated player will be tested 14 times,” Arians stated.
“An unvaccinated player will be tested 140,” Arians said, adding that he believes the Buccaneers’ vaccination rate will be more than 85% by the end of the season.
The NFL sent a memo earlier this week warning that teams with a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players may be compelled to lose their postponed games if they are not rescheduled within the existing 18-week timeframe.
DeAndre Hopkins, Jalen Ramsey, and Matt Judon are among the players who have expressed their displeasure with the memo.
The Buccaneers have a good chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions this season, and Arians doesn’t want any setbacks to derail their hopes.