The latest NFL rules regarding COVID-19 He doesn’t seem to sit well with at least one of his star players.
Just hours after the NFL issued a memo saying teams experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players would lose if the game was canceled, Deandry Hopkins, the wide receiver of the Arizona Cardinals, targeted Thursday in the league.
“I never thought I’d say this, but being in a situation that hurts my team because I don’t want to be involved in the vaccine makes me question my future in the NFL,” Hopkins wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Hopkins later retracted his claim Another Tweet, writing: “By the way I’ve had another 9 years inside of me, have a nice day”
Hopkins, 29, has emerged as one of the league’s most prominent recipients in his eight-year career. A three-time All-Pro pick, he has built a reputation as one of the top drawers in contested catches, including the Hail Mary touchdown that gave Arizona an unexpected win over the Buffalo Bills last November.
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After being traded from the Houston Texans to the Cardinal last year, he hit a career high with 115 receptions and 1,406 yards and six touchdowns.
In a memo Thursday, the NFL said it would not extend the regular season to allow any matches where COVID-19 spreads among players who are not immune to be postponed. If a game is judged as a loss, neither team’s weekly players will be paid.
Neither the NFL nor the NFL has mandated vaccinations for players. The two sides agreed on protocols that include Number of restrictions on players who choose not to vaccinate.
The Associated Press reported that the Cardinals were one of the four teams that last week did not cross the threshold of 50% of their players who had been vaccinated. A league spokesperson confirmed Thursday to USA TODAY Sports, however, that all teams have since removed that tape. So far, 78% of league players have received at least one COVID-19 shot.
Hopkins wasn’t the only player to speak up on Thursday. “NFLPA (expletive) is disgusting,” New England Patriots quarterback Matthew Goodon wrote on Twitter.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running behind Leonard Fournette also tweeted: “Vaccine can’t do it……”