In all in the spring, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated to owners that assistant coaches and other staff they could lose their Tier 1 and Tier 2 status, meaning they could not have direct interaction with players if they were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they could prove valid health. or religious reasons for their decisions.
According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings and assistant coach Rick Dennison split after Dennison refused to get vaccinated. For Cronin, Dennison served as Minnesota’s offensive line coach / game coordinator for the past two seasons prior to Friday’s development and is believed to be the first coach to leave a club for COVID-19 vaccinations. .
In a corresponding move, Minnesota promoted assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher to replace Dennison. The first training session of the Vikings is scheduled for Wednesday.
The news of Dennison’s departure comes 24 hours after reporters he shared a note showing that the NFL threatens to force teams to lose if they cannot play a game planned for a week this season because of a COVID-19 fire between unvaccinated personnel. Both the NFL Association and NFL Players have been insisting since the spring that they are non-mandatory players receive vaccines to participate in the upcoming campaign.