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DeAndre Hopkins among players to react to NFL’s vaccine memo to teams

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Arizona Cardinals extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins deleted a tweet Thursday afternoon shortly after posting it that mentioned he would “question” his future within the NFL if it meant not getting the COVID-19 vaccine may probably damage his workforce’s probabilities in 2021.

Hopkins’ tweet got here within the wake of an NFL memo that described ramifications for teams that had COVID outbreaks in the course of the 2021 season that decimate place teams or whole rosters. The NFL mentioned a forfeit will likely be declared for a postponed sport that may’t be rescheduled throughout the 18-game framework of the season and is brought on by an outbreak among unvaccinated players of 1 workforce. In addition, if a forfeit happens, players on each teams would lose their sport checks.

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The NFL’s new coverage brought on ripples all through the league, with players reacting to the information on social media and at coaching camps.

Hopkins’ now-deleted tweet learn: “Never thought I would say this, But being in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @nfl.” After deleting his preliminary tweet, he tweeted: “Freedom?”

He later tweeted, nevertheless, that he has “9 more years left in me.”

Btw I acquired about 9 extra years in me, y’all have an excellent day 😎

— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) July 22, 2021

Hopkins was one of many largest names to publicly reply to the NFL’s new coverage, however others have chimed in.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey responded to well-known quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery, who tweeted, “Def a bad teammate if you don’t get the vax now…” by tweeting that he knew two vaccinated individuals who have examined constructive for COVID and that he “wouldn’t look at a teammate as bad if he don’t get the vax, no pressure 5.”

I do know 2 folks proper now who acquired the vaccine however are covid constructive.. 🤷🏾‍♂️ I’m simply saying. I would not take a look at a teammate as dangerous if he do not get the vax, no stress from 5️⃣ https://t.co/OGTbKJ1A6Z

— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 22, 2021

Hopkins responded to Ramsey’s tweets by tweeting that his girlfriend’s brother, who’s within the army, began having coronary heart points after receiving the vaccine. He later deleted that tweet.

At Dallas Cowboys coaching camp in Oxnard, California, working again Ezekiel Elliott mentioned he obtained the COVID-19 vaccination however would not imagine that call ought to be compelled on others.

“I got the vaccine just because I wanted to put myself in the best situation to be out there for my team week in and week out. But I mean, not everyone feels that strongly or maybe other people still have their view of vaccines. You can’t force someone to do something that they don’t want to do to their body,” mentioned Elliott, who was identified with COVID-19 final summer season.

Elliott mentioned he grew up in a household “where we didn’t get vaccines, so it’s kind of hard to tell someone who their whole life, their mom, their dad tell them not to get vaccinated to go get vaccinated. So I mean it’s everyone’s body. Can’t tell them what to do with it. So I mean it’s kind of touchy. You just can’t go tell somebody.”

Indianapolis Colts proprietor Jim Irsay mentioned Thursday that greater than 50% of the roster is vaccinated, and the workforce is “hopefully headed toward 100%.”

“[Getting vaccinated] just makes the most sense,” Irsay mentioned. “There’s always risks with everything in life, and getting vaccinated is the right thing to do.”

New England Patriots linebacker Matt Judon expressed his frustration with the NFL’s new coverage with a tweet that mentioned: “The NFLPA F—ing sucks.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers working again Leonard Fournette indicated in a tweet that he would not be getting the vaccine, writing: “Vaccine I can’t do it…….” He later deleted the tweet.

Las Vegas Raiders working again Jalen Richard inspired unvaccinated players to “read the rules-know em like you know your plays” in a tweet. He added: “we playing in jail this year and you should act as such.”

ESPN’s Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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