Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says 'entire organization' is vaccinated against COVID-19

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Coach Bruce Arians announced Thursday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now reached 100% vaccination against COVID-19. They are the second NFL team to achieve this threshold.

Arians stated, "We're 100% vaccined -- our entire organisation -- all the players and all the coaches, everybody." Although Arians was a strong proponent of vaccinations, he ultimately believed that it was the decision of the players.

Atlanta Falcons was the first team to declare that they have reached 100% vaccination status.

Leonard Fournette, running back, said that he wanted to give the vaccine to the team. It is still possible to catch it, but having the shot makes it much more pleasant. For the next two big games, we need everyone's help."

Next Thursday, the Bucs will host the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Kickoff Game.

Fournette stated, "I just prayed for it." "So whatever happens happens. I just want to be the best friend I can. We should not cause more than we can handle right now. Every day, people get sick. Try to be the bigger person and get over it.

After activating kicker Ryan Succop, the Bucs now have three players: offensive linemen Earl Watford (and Nick Leverett) and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (both currently on the reserve/COVID-19 roster).

Arians stated that he expected to have all three of them back by next week's season opener.