Earlier this week, Washington Football Team Head Coach, Ron Rivera, voiced his frustration about his team’s low vaccination rates. Currently, they are second to last in the NFL. The Cardinals currently have the most players on the COVID reserve list, with nine.
Rivera is also trying to get the message out to his team about the importance of getting vaccinated, and crucial it is for game days. He emphasized how bad players going on the COVID reserved list is, especially if it could happen right before a game. This is after two more of their players were put on this list.
Washington now has six players in total, who are on this COVID reserve list. This includes their All-Pro, Brandon Scherff, Tackle David Sharpe, WR Curtis Samuel, and Defensive Tackle Matt Ioannidis. Currently, Washington barely climbed over 70%, regarding players getting at least one COVID vaccine shot.
“Those guys would not be eligible, so, to me, it brings the reality of what the rules are,” Rivera said, “and I hope it helps. But these young men have to make their decisions.”
Rivera also added how difficult it is to evaluate players, with them being on this reserve list.
“That’s part of the problem, to be very honest,” Rivera said. “That’s going to make things difficult, and that’s the thing we have to be aware of. It’ll make it difficult in terms of everybody working together, difficult on us as coaches with our evaluations and scouts, and it’ll be difficult on the player because having time off, not really getting an opportunity to work and develop and grow and learning. That’s the downfall and that’s the downside.”
Players continue to put plenty of other things in their bodies, so the COVID vaccines shouldn’t be this much of an issue. They continue to prove to be effective and safe. NFL players need to come across this message ASAP as well.
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