There is absolutely no evidence of this.
The NFL rules only control the player when he's at a team facility, and when he's traveling with the team on official team business.
Outside of that Sam's just another guy and there is no mask mandate at Bojangles.
I don't want to be that guy. Aw hellz, I love being that guy. So...That's Tommy Jone. If you care that is.
It's the NFL, injuries happen. Nobody except teh Panthers cared that CMac was out last year. Nobody but the aints cares that Thomas is out this year.
Also, we can only play who is on our Schedule. We will play some bad teams, and we will play some good teams. During the Regular Season a win is a win. Now, when the Playoffs start. Yeah, that's defiantly a different beast.