Michael Irvin is as big of a Dallas Cowboys supporter as there is, but even the Hall of Fame wide receiver can’t back the team’s latest developments.
According to reports, the Cowboys have yet to reach the NFL’s COVID-19 vaccine threshold. When teams reach an 85 percent vaccination rate, the COVID-19 restrictions lighten, making it easier to go about day-to-day business. However, the Cowboys have not yet reached that rate.
Irvin is not happy about it.
“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.”
Thirteen NFL teams have reportedly reached the threshold. The Cowboys are not one of those teams, though their vaccination percentage is currently unknown.
Dallas is one of three franchises set to report to training camp this week.
Three NFL teams report to training camp this week: Buccaneers, Cowboys and Steelers.
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Irvin believes someone in the locker room needs to step up.
“Somebody in that damn locker room (should say), ‘Hey man we’re going have 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.”
The Cowboys are scheduled to open the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 9 against the Buccaneers.