Coronavirus: NFL suspends Antonio Brown and two other players for 'misrepresenting vaccine status'
Three NFL players suspended immediately by the league; all three players have accepted the punishment and will not appeal; "The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority," the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement.
Last Updated: 03/12/21 6:32am
Antonio Brown and two other NFL players have been suspended immediately for three games by the league for violating Covid-19 protocols.
The Tampa Bay wide receiver and team-mate Mike Edwards were suspended and free agent John Franklin III, if signed by a team, is also ineligible to play in the next three games.
The NFL Players Association, which developed the protocols along with the league, represented the three players during a review of the recent allegations that players misrepresented their vaccination status.
All three players have accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal. The suspensions are effective immediately.
Brown, Edwards, a cornerback, and Franklin, a defensive back who last played for the Bucs in 2019, were found in violation of the protocols. Brown has already missed the Buccaneers' last five games as he recovers from an ankle injury.
"The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority," the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement. "The protocols were jointly developed working with our respective experts to ensure that we are practising and playing football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic.
"The NFL-NFLPA jointly reinforce their commitment and further emphasise the importance of strict adherence to the protocols to protect the well-being of everyone associated with the NFL."