LAKE FOREST, Illinois – The Close End of the Chicago Bears Jimmy Graham used social media to express confusion over the NFLPA’s proposal to increase the frequency of COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players and staff.
“I was basically forced to get the vaccine. Now I’m just confused @NFLPA,” Graham tweeted Thursday morning.
In one tweet later, Graham added, “I’ve done everything I was told and now I feel like I’m being punished. If I miss a test that you suggest every day, I will be fined 150,000 or less! How is the sentence 100 times worse than last year and am I vaccinated now? “
The NFLPA released a memo this week recommending that vaccinated players and staff be tested every day when they enter the team facility. The recommendations are based on updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NFLPA medical experts.
According to the NFLPA memo, 65 players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the training camp opened.
The Bears currently have four players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list: nose tackle Eddie Goldman, long-snapper Patrick Scales, linebacker Christian Jones and offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson.
Coach Matt Nagy said he had not raised the matter with Graham, but noted that the team was working hard to educate players and staff on all coronavirus-related safety protocols.
“All of these guys have opinions and beliefs, and I’m not going to criticize anyone for their beliefs. We all have them and we all have the opportunity to express them,” Nagy said ahead of Thursday’s training session. “He [Graham] didn’t come to me, and Jimmy and I have a close relationship so close that if there was a problem he and I would have one on one.
“Something happens with it every day, and I think everyone is figuring out what to do best to be safe. And not just in the world of sports, but in life in general, every state is a bit different from what it is. ” Masks, not masks, things are sure to change. “