Jon Robinson: Tennessee Titans 90% vaccinated entering training camp

Gentry Estes
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Titans are 90% vaccinated as they start training camp, according to general manager Jon Robinson.

In an unscheduled on-field gathering with media prior to Wednesday's first practice of camp, Robinson addressed the topic of vaccinations and stressed, "We want to be an example for our community, for our state, to encourage the vaccination."

Robinson said players have been classified into four categories: Those who are fully vaccinated, those waiting to clear a 14-day period to become fully vaccinated, those in-between shots and those who "haven't gotten the shot yet."

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"The protocols and the vaccination, it's in place for player safety," Robinson said. "There's nothing more important than player safety, not just with our team but the league in general and our families. All of our families are involved in this, too."

COVID-19 vaccinations have become a popular topic as NFL teams begin training camp with the understanding that outbreaks among unvaccinated players could result in teams having to forfeit games during the 2021 season.

The NFL has mandated that staff members — like coaches — get vaccinated. But Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel have each stressed it will be a personal decision for each Titans player to make.

Vrabel said Tuesday he was "very comfortable with where they are," but did not cite a percentage.

"They continue to go up," Vrabel said, "and I would expect them to go up. As far as identifying those players that haven’t been vaccinated, that will be done within our building so that we can continue to remind them of the protocols that they have to do and make sure they are following those protocols."

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