ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that New England Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich will not be with the organization for at least the 2021 NFL season due to league protocols regarding COVID-19 vaccines and personnel not vaccinated.
According to CBS BostonPopovich served as the co-offensive line coach alongside Carmen Bricillo for the 2020 season. As a result of Friday’s development, Bricillo becomes New England’s only line coach.
Previously threatened NFL attendees could be barred from attending meetings, working on practice fields, and having direct interactions with players if they refused available and safe COVID-19 vaccines at the start of training camp without legitimate exemptions for religious reasons. or health. However, things took a turn for the better on Thursday, when it was made public that teams could be forced to resign if they cannot play for a week this season due to a coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated staff.
Earlier on Friday, reports emerged that Rick Dennison and the Vikings parted ways because the assistant coach did not get vaccinated. Dennison is believed to be the first coach to leave a team because of the league’s COVID-19 policies for the upcoming season.