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Buffalo WR Isaiah McKenzie fined for not following COVID-19 protocols in Bills’ facility

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie took to Twitter today to share a letter he received from the NFL informing him of multiple violations of the NFL and NFLPA’s protocols surrounding COVID-19. According to McKenzie, he was fined $14,650 for multiple instances of not wearing a mask inside the facility.

The latest incident occurred on Wednesday, August 25, when McKenzie walked through the fieldhouse and into the training room and again when he went into the meeting area of the weight room later in the afternoon. McKenzie wasn’t wearing a mask in the facility despite being unvaccinated.

McKenzie went to a league-mandated training earlier in the day that included reminders of wearing masks inside the facility. On July 27, he received a written warning for refusing to wear a mask.

The Bills’ WR room contains several unvaccinated players, which could result in an additional receiver on the team’s roster to guard against mandatory quarantines for exposures. Cole Beasley and Gabe Davis are both on five-day quarantines right now.


Cole Beasley also says he was fined by the league for not following COVID-19 protocols.

Head coach Sean McDermott met the media at practice today and commented:

“It’s unfortunate when players get fined. That being said these rules have been agreed upon, and in place, and well communicated, for some time. And so it’s important for us that we focus on A, being safe and healthy, that’s number one, and that’s always been number one. And number two is doing our best to stay focused on the goal and the purpose of why we’re here and that’s to win football games.”