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The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer leaves the field after an NFL preseason soccer game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, August 23, 2021. The Saints won 23-21.


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By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer

The NFL Players Association has opened an investigation after Urban Meyer, coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, admitted vaccination status was considered in the team’s roster decisions.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed the union’s action in an email to The Associated Press Tuesday evening, hours after Meyer told reporters, “Everyone has been considered. That was part of the production, let’s talk about it and also: ‘Is he vaccinated or not?’ Can I say that was a decision maker? It was certainly considered. “

The NFL has not mandated COVID-19 vaccines, but has implemented strict protocols for players who are not fully vaccinated.

Meyer referred to defensive end Josh Allen, who is missing a week due to minutes. Anyone who is not vaccinated was activated from the COVID-19 list on Monday.

“Well, Josh Allen has never had (COVID),” Meyer said. “He hasn’t played in two weeks. So he has never had COVID. I don’t know if I can say that, but he’s never had COVID. So that’s quite a punishment. “

The Patriots released Cam Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, in a surprise move to pave the way for rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Newton is not vaccinated and missed training last week due to the protocols.

Howie Roseman, general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, raised his eyebrows when asked about Meyer’s comments and whether the team made similar decisions.