Cousins has promised to be “vigilant” in following the enhanced protocols for unvaccinated players, and he even said he’d go as far as putting up plexiglass in the QB room. However, he also said he’s “at peace” with his “personal and private” decision to refuse the vaccine.
That’s Cousins’ personal right, and he’s not the only player in the league who isn’t inoculated. However, former longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown thinks the two-time Pro Bowler’s stance could hurt his status in the locker room.
“Obviously, we have a personal choice, and that’s a freedom that he has,’’ McCown said in a phone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “But I think in the realm of a team and understanding everything we do about the science and the safety of it, I would just say it would be hard week in and week out for a quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I’m all for my team, but I’m not going to do this except for this.’’’
Going further, McCown, who is vaccinated, said he thinks Cousins could be hurting “his ability to lead” his teammates.
“Obviously, he has a firm belief in his systems of beliefs that are leading him to say, ‘I don’t want to vaccinate,’ and that’s his business,’’ McCown said. “But given the effect and the impact that it can have on a team, we don’t share the same beliefs on that aspect. And I just think you want to lead the way and do everything that allows you to be effective for your team, and so if you don’t [get vaccinated], I guess you have to throw the mask on and be vigilant about that. But even then I think that takes away from some of your ability to lead.’’
Cousins missed some time early in training camp after being deemed a close contact of rookie quarterback Kellen Mond, who tested positive for COVID.
These are tough quotes from McCown, who has plenty of experience in an NFL locker room. However, if Cousins follows protocols as diligently as he says he will and remains available throughout the season, he should be fine.
[ Yahoo Sports ]