Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has been a vocal opponent of the NFL’s vaccine forward COVID protocols, has had to go into a quarantine period after coming into contact with a staffer who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Beasley and two other teammates – wide receiver Gabriel Davis and defensive tackles Star Lotoulilei and Vernon Butler – were sent home from practice on Tuesday after coming into contact with the team trainer, who is fully vaccinated.
All four players tested negative on Tuesday but will be subject to the league’s five-day re-entry process for unvaccinated players, which mandates daily testing and quarantining for a five-day period.
“This is our new normal. It’s not the normal we like,” said Bills General Manager Brandon Beane. “But it’s the world we’re in.”
“We’re not exempt from any of this, as we’ve said many times. We’re going to try to keep our building as safe as we can. Everyone understands the protocols and the rules,” he added.
The NFL has recently announced different guidelines for vaccinated players versus those who refuse the shot. Vaccinated players are tested once every 14 days and have more freedom on road trips, while the unvaccinated must test daily and wear masks at team facilities.
Beasley has made waves within the league for coming out as “pro-choice” on the COVID vaccine.
“I’m not anti- or pro-vax — I’m pro-choice. With that being said, the issue at hand is information being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with,” he remarked in a July 28 statement.
“When dealing with a player’s health and safety, there should be complete transparency regarding the information that is vital in the decision-making process,” he continued.
“Without having all the proper information, a player can feel misguided and unsure about a very personal choice. It makes a player feel unprotected and gives concerns about future topics regarding health and our ability to make educated decisions.”
A statement from WR Cole Beasley: pic.twitter.com/MWNEHC9Dgv
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 28, 2021