Detroit Lions’ Dan Campbell confirms coaching staff is fully vaccinated
Allen Park – The NFL announced last week that members of the coaching staff who refuse to receive a COVID-19 vaccination will lose their Tier 1 status on teams. That would prohibit them from personal interaction with the players both on the pitch and in the meeting rooms.
The NFL network reported that four teams had holdouts, but Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said his staff was not one of them.
A small number of Lions assistants had worn masks during the mandatory minicamp this week, but Campbell said they were recently vaccinated and guidelines require that they wear a mask for 14 days after the last injection.
Earlier this week, Campbell declined to say what percentage of the cadre were vaccinated, only noting that the team is doing better every day.
Other teams have reported that between 50-75% of their cadres have been vaccinated. Still, some top players in the league, including Lions Offensive Tackle Taylor Decker, have stated that they don’t plan on getting one.
The league does not require players to be vaccinated and has yet to determine if there are any restrictions on those who choose not to go to training camp and the regular season.
The most notable absence from the practice field on Wednesday was cornerback Jeff Okudah. Campbell said it came from a collision with a teammate Damion Ratley and downplayed the severity.
“It’s nothing big,” said Campbell. “He and Ratley just kind of bumped into each other with the walkthrough, so it was just a precaution. They are good, both are good. “
Ratley also missed Wednesday’s training session.