NEWPORT BEACH — The NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 season include daily tests and other extra burdens for unvaccinated players, and the threat of game forfeits instead of postponements in the event of virus outbreaks.
That shouldn’t be a problem for the Rams, Coach Sean McVay said Monday.
Without giving away details, McVay said “close to 100%” of the Rams’ roster has received vaccines, including some players who started the process in the past week.
“I feel like we’re in a really good place and it’s not going to be a distraction for our team,” McVay said at the Rams’ training camp hotel.
The coronavirus remained an unavoidable topic even as many things return to normal at Rams training camp this year.
Shortly after McVay spoke, the Rams announced rookie wide receiver Tutu Atwell had been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. That means the Rams’ top draft pick (second round) can’t practice with teammates until he’s medically cleared. Veterans report Tuesday, and two weeks of practices at UC Irvine begin Wednesday.
McVay sounded intent on avoiding friction with any player or players who decided not to get a vaccine.
“If certain guys feel adamant that they don’t want to, (I) totally respect and understand that,” McVay said.
McVay said he’s OK with the NFL’s new set of guidelines.
“I’m OK with it because, really, spending any sort of energy on it isn’t going to change anything,” he said. “I…