Offensive line coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Rick Dennison, has reportedly stepped down from his position after refusing to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Dennison has been the Vikings’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the past two seasons. The Hill reports Phil Rauscher will replace him.
Cole Popovich, co-offensive line coach of the New England Patriots, will also be leaving his position due to the league’s Covid-19 protocols. Popovich started with the Patriots in 2015 and moved up from coaching assistant to running backs coach and, most recently, co-offensive line coach. He is set to be replaced by Carmen Bricillo.
While the NFL insists it has not mandated vaccinations, it has placed restrictions on unvaccinated players and coaches as well as potentially imposing penalties for teams or players believed to have caused an outbreak. The league rules make it clear they would prefer everyone get vaccinated. more