One of the things the Bucs did best last season was beat COVID-19. The team adhered to strict protocols, and had only minor issues with the virus all season. In their quest for another Super Bowl title, the Bucs will again seek to beat COVID. According to head coach Bruce Arians, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization as a whole has now reached “100 percent” vaccinated status.

“We’re 100 percent vaccinated,” Arians said on Thursday. “Our entire organization. All the players, all the coaches. Everybody.”

Arians has maintained throughout the summer that the team was quickly improving their vaccination status. Early in August, Arians said the team would be at 93 percent vaccination rate by the middle of the month. Following final roster cuts, the Bucs have zero unvaccinated players, coaches or team personnel. That should make operations much smoother in 2021, with everyone on the same protocols.

The Bucs activated kicker Ryan Succop from the COVID list on Thursday, a stark reminder that positives are still possible, although less likely, when vaccinated. Three players remain on the team’s COVID list, including DT Ndamukong Suh, OL Nick Leverett and OL Earl Watford.

The Cowboys will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs on Thursday, September 9 in the season opener.

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1 month ago

Glad the organization as a whole seen this as something that could derail their chances of a repeat. Good on them to get to 100%. Although you can still contract the virus and carry it, reaching 100% should help limit the amount of time and games players miss. Another good move by a classy organization.

Mike Pengelly
1 month ago

Good on ’em ! They’ll have to play smart and be smart this year to beat their biggest scheduled foes this year which I see as Cowboys (with a healthy Zack), Rams, Saints (I’m worried Jameis may do better than expected with that strong offensive line) and the Bills.