Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said his team was "tops in the league" for players vaccinated against COVID-19 heading into training camp that opens in late July.
It appears Tomlin may have been accurate.
According to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic, over 85% of Pittsburgh players are considered fully vaccinated. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk added that the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have also reached the 85% vaccination threshold among players that allows for the loosening of certain health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus.
The NFL and NFL Players Association have not yet disclosed updated policies for clubs that reach the threshold.
Teams were informed Wednesday that players have until July 2 at 4 p.m. ET to officially declare they're opting out for the upcoming season because of COVID-19, but voluntary opt-outs will not get any stipend this time around. Coaches such as Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings have publicly stressed the importance of players being vaccinated so everyone can work together under similar guidelines, but the NFL and NFLPA have repeatedly reminded everyone no player can be cut only because he chooses to not get jabbed.