(Bloomberg) -- The National Football League said Thursday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended for three games without pay for skirting Covid-19 protocols.

An investigation by the National Football League and the players association found that Brown, as well as teammate Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III, misrepresented their vaccination status.

“The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority,” the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement. “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 three players have accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal, the NFL said.

The Tampa Bay Times reported last month that Brown had obtained a fake vaccination card to avoid Covid protocols. He hasn’t played since suffering an injury in October.

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