When teams around the league reach an 85 percent vaccination rate, the COVID-19 restrictions lighten, making it easier to go about day-to-day business. According to reports, the Cowboys have yet to reach the NFL’s COVID-19 vaccine threshold.
“Yeah, and it should upset them,” Irvin said at the opening of the Dallas chapter for Merging Vets & Players. “It should upset them. Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn … Nothing else can be more important. You’re not going to get this (winning a Super Bowl) easily.
Nothing else could be more important … Jimmy (Johnson) made that abundantly clear (during his playing career). Nothing else is more important. And not being one of the (teams) says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships and that makes me worried.”
Only 13 teams have reportedly reached the threshold. Dallas is not on that list and yet they are set to report to training camp this week.
According to ESPN, the Cowboys will have a lab at their Oxnard, California, training camp site to test unvaccinated players on a daily basis and vaccinated players weekly.
Unvaccinated players will not be able to leave the team hotel and must wear masks and remain distanced from people inside the facility, according to protocols. For the vaccinated players, they won’t have to wear masks, can eat meals with other vaccinated players and have no limitations in the weight room.
“If you’re not one of them teams [at the threshold], are you really thinking about winning a championship? You see what I’m saying,” he said. “OK, so now if you’re not getting vaccinated and you got all these other teams that are getting vaccinated …”
“Somebody in that damn locker room [should say], ‘Hey man, we’re going to have a chance, are you vaccinated?'” Irvin said. “Let’s go through this because this could be a two-week healthy dude missing games, and in this league, this ain’t the NBA. In this league that could be it for you. The right person misses two weeks, that’s it. Your ass is out.”
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