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Jerry Jones on players getting COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Be a part of a team’

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday said getting vaccinated is an act of being part of “a team,” as some players remain opposed to the NFL’s new regulations.

When asked during his weekly radio interview what he would say to players such as the Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley, who claim that the league is forcing vaccines on players, Jones said getting inoculated is an act of being “a part of a team.”

“I don’t really say anything here. To me, this is a team game. We rely on each other to play. We rely on each other to win. We have to have each other. There’s 11 guys out there at any one time to be trite about it. And you have to count on the other guy being available. And you certainly don’t want to be doing anything that causes your teammates to not be available,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“All of that comes to the same conclusion as far as what you agreed to be as far as a player, be a part of a team,” he added.

Jones has been a vocal advocate for vaccinations, saying he wants the Cowboys to lead the NFL in inoculation percentage, according to Yahoo Sports.

His reasoning, however, does not mainly focus on the health and safety benefits of the shot — he has instead emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated because it will decrease the odds of Cowboys players coming under fire with the league’s COVID-19 protocols, which could result in time on the sidelines, Yahoo Sports reported.

He has also reportedly said getting vaccinated will give the team a better chance of winning.

The NFL has implemented a slew of COVID-19 protocols ahead of the start of the league’s regular season next month.

One of the new guidelines says that if a team has a COVID-19 outbreak caused by unvaccinated players or staff, causing a game to be rescheduled, the team with the outbreak will be forced to forfeit the game.

Additionally, players on both teams would be required to forfeit their weekly salary.

The league has also instituted a policy that says unvaccinated players will be penalized more than $14,000 if they violate COVID-19 protocol.

Those new precautions, however, have received mixed reviews from players.

Beasley, at a press conference last month, said he is “pro-choice” on vaccines and that more information should be released for players to know more about getting vaccinated.

The NFL, nonetheless, has a high inoculation rate. On July 27, the league announced that 85 percent of players had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

–Updated on August 25 at 11:12 a.m.

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