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Cole Beasley of Bills fined nearly $ 100,000 for breaking COVID rules: report

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Cole Beasley of Bills fined nearly $ 100,000 for breaking COVID rules: report

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has caught COVID but can’t seem to take a break.

Broad tested positive for COVID early last week, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that Beasley had been fined several times by the NFL for COVID protocol violations that total around $ 100,000.

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FILE – Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is featured ahead of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Orchard Park, NY Bills coach Sean McDermott is more focused on looking for ways to beat New England this weekend, than worrying about wide receiver Cole Beasley – the team’s most vocal vaccination critic – missing a key AFC East showdown late in the season after testing positive for COVID-19.
(AP Photo / Jeff Lewis, on file)

Beasley missed the Bills’ 33-21 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday and will be out for at least 10 days after testing positive, under league rules.

Beasley won’t miss a check for this game, however. Under rules agreed between the league and the players’ association, unvaccinated players are not penalized during their game check if they miss a match due to a positive COVID test.

Cole Beasley of Bills fined nearly $ 100,000 for breaking COVID rules: report

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FILE – Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is shown sidelined during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit this Friday, August 13, 2021, file photo.
(AP Photo / Rick Osentoski, file)

Mortensen reports that “several team leaders who believe this is a loophole that must be revisited for 2022, believing that an unvaccinated player who lands on the Covid-19 reserve list should not be paid if he misses a match or matches “.

It is unclear what “loopholes” the team leaders that Mortensen referred to, as the current rules and regulations are agreed upon through negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in the 2020 collective bargaining agreement and the COVID amendments to 2020 CBA.

According to ESPN data, only 20% of vaccinated players who tested positive returned within 10 days, while 80% of COVID-positive NFL players were away for at least 10 days, regardless their immunization status, OutKick previously reported.

Cole Beasley of Bills fined nearly $ 100,000 for breaking COVID rules: report

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Cole Beasley # 11 of the Buffalo Bills waves to fans as he leaves the field after the Bills beat the Texans 40-0 at Highmark Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York.
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This season, Beasley has totaled 76 receptions for 640 yards and a touchdown.

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After beating the Patriots (9-6), the Bills (9-6) now look to the Week 17 game as they host the Atlanta Falcons (7-8) on Jan. 2 and then host the New York Jets (4-11) in week 18.


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