SPARTANBURG (S.C.) Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will now be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to ESPN.com.
In June, Darnold caused a stir on social media when he said that he was not vaccinated to reporters during a Zoom call. Many questioned Darnold's leadership, especially considering the restrictions that non-vaccinated players must abide by.
Darnold stated that it was a personal decision. He declined to confirm whether he has been vaccinated. According to the source, Darnold had received both shots and will be 14 days away from the second. This would make him fully vaccinated.
Darnold stated that everyone has the right to decide whether or not they want to be vaccinated. Darnold spoke Tuesday as Wofford College players reported to Wofford College to begin training camp. 2021 NFL Training Camp. The NFL season is right around the corner. These are the top questions going into training camp, as well as roster projections for all 32 NFL teams. Continue reading
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Darnold didn't wear a mask in a group interview on Tuesday without social distancing, which was an indication that he was vaccinated. He was wearing a pink wristband, which indicates that he is not fully vaccinated.
According to league sources, the Panthers have at least 85 percent of their vaccination rate. Because of the many protocols that the NFL has for non-vaccinated players, Coach Matt Rhule repeatedly stated that being vaccinated will give teams an advantage.
This was made worse when the league announced that teams that couldn't play regular season games due to a COVID-19 epidemic that started with an unvaccinated participant would be forfeited and that both teams would not pay their players.
Rhule did not discuss Darnolds decision directly, but is happy with the Panthers' vaccination rate.
Rhule stated that the Delta variant of the coronavirus and all the other things is going to pose a problem even though we are highly vaccinated. It will be an issue that we have to deal with throughout the year.
Everyone made their decision, and while guys still make some, they are at different points in the process. It is important to remain smart. It will still affect us in different ways just as it is affecting the entire world.