NFL Coach Rick Dennison Reportedly Let Go From Vikings After Refusing COVID Vaccine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Minnesota Vikings has reportedly parted ways with Rick Dennison after the offensive line coach and run game coordinator refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This, as the NFL released it’s protocol for teams that have COVID-19 outbreaks during the season. The protocol states that if there is an outbreak, teams will have to forfeit and not receive payment if the game cannot be rescheduled.

The 27-year NFL veteran reportedly does not have have an exemption to the vaccination requirements of those protocols. Dennison is believed to be the first NFL position coach imminently facing unemployment over a potentially life-saving vaccine.

Vikings running back Alexander Mattison is sounding off on Twitter about the report, saying, “They act as if we didn’t successfully play a whole season last year. Doesn’t make any sense. I’m rockin wit you 100% Coach.”

Also Friday, New England Patriots coaching assistant Cole Popovich is let go from the team for also refusing to get the vaccine. Per the NFL’s COVID vaccine protocol, all tier-1 employees, which includes coaches, are required by the NFL to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work with players in person during practice.

Our question of the night: do you think more teams will have to let members of their staff go?

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