Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill had no plans to get the Covid shot, and then the NFL stepped in. Feeling that the league had “forced his hand”, the quarterback chose to be vaccinated rather than being “miserable”.
After Thursday’s practice, Tannehill addressed his vaccination status: “I am currently in the (vaccination) process right now,” Tannehill said. line, they’ll make your life miserable with all the protocols. “
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Earlier this month, the NFL announced strict penalties for teams and players who are not vaccinated. In addition to game confiscation and pay, the league has also instituted protocols restricting unvaccinated players in several ways, including: required masks and separate travel from the rest of the squad.
Protocols like this left Tannehill feeling compelled to comply with the league’s wishes: “I wouldn’t have received the vaccine without the protocols they impose on us. I think it’s a personal decision for everyone. Everyone has to make the best decision for themselves and their families, ”Tannehill added.“ It’s kind of our mindset in this building. But they’re trying to force your hand, and they’ve finally forced a lot of hands through the protocols. “
With the decision seemingly made for him, Tannehill turns the page and prepares for his third season as a Tennessee caller: “It is what it is. I love this game. I love this team,” Tannehill said. “I want to be able to compete and do the things that I think are important to create chemistry and win football games. In the end, it forced me to get the shot.”
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Entering the season as AFC South favorites, Tannehill and the Titans will do their best shoot come September.