The NFL is now at 90% of players vaccinated overall.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 3, 2021
However, one NFL team is facing potential problems due to the high number of unvaccinated players on their roster.
This means only about 30 players on the Vikings are fully vaccinated. All three of the Vikings quarterbacks, including starting QB Kirk Cousins, were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. Notably, Cousins made this statement last fall:
“But what I wanted to say then, and what I would echo again now, is that while the virus does not give me a great amount of personal fear, there’s still great reason for me to engage in wearing a mask and social distancing and washing my hands as frequently as I can and following protocols that have been set in place.
Obviously, to be respectful and considerate of other people, which is very important, but then also to be available for all 16 games this fall because as the protocol is set up if a player were to test positive they would be potentially out of the game or games.”
Other notable Vikings players, such as Adam Thielen and Harrison Smith, have publicly stated they aren't vaccinated, while Kirk Cousins has declined to comment publicly. Some insiders have stated that naysayers would sooner leave the team than get the vaccine. The Vikings recently fired one of their assistant coaches for refusing to get vaccinated.
The Vikings aren't the only team with problems. The Colts and the Washington Football Team also have low vaccination rates compared to the rest of the NFL. The NFL is requiring players to wear colored wristbands to indicate their vaccination status. One Chiefs player had a problem with this:
The @NFL is making players wear colored wrist bands now based on vaccination status. Funny, I thought we all agreed on the evils of segregation back in the 60s. Here we are again- only this time it’s based on personal health choices instead of skin color.— Anthony Sherman (@Shermanator_42) July 31, 2021
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