Antonio Brown, 2 Others Suspended 3 Games For ‘Misrepresenting COVID Vaccination Status’

Antonio Brown has been suspended three games by the NFL for “misrepresenting” his COVID-19 vaccination status. The news was announced on Thursday evening.

Along with Brown, Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III have also been suspended.

“The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority,” a joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA said. “The protocols were jointly developed working with our respective experts to ensure that we are practicing and playing football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic. The NFL-NFLPA jointly reinforce their commitment and further emphasize the importance of strict adherence to the protocols to protect the well-being of everyone associated with the NFL.”

Brown had missed the past three weeks with an ankle injury and appeared to be getting closer to a return. However, he will now be sidelined for the next three games as well.

Brown will be eligible to return to the field on December 26 against the Carolina Panthers.

Earlier this season, Brown was accused of obtaining a fake vaccination card, though the NFL-NFLPA statement did not mention a fake card, so there is no word on whether the two things are related. If it is related to using fake vaccination cards, it could be a real issue for Brown and the others because using or falsifying vaccine records is a federal offense.

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