Patriots co-OL coach Cole Popovich no longer on staff due to COVID-19 requirements – .

Patriots co-OL coach Cole Popovich no longer on staff due to COVID-19 requirements – .

New England Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich is no longer on the Patriots coaching staff for reasons related to the league’s COVID-19 requirements, Mike Giardi reported on Friday. NFL Network, according to informed sources.

Giardi noted that Popovich, 36, was “masked (sometimes) during spring sessions.”

Popovich has been with the organization since 2015.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings released a statement Friday regarding offensive line coach Rick Dennison’s status with the club.

“The Vikings continue to speak with offensive line coach Rick Dennison regarding NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols for training camp and preseason games,” the statement said. “At this time, Coach Dennison does not have an exemption from the vaccination requirements of these protocols. We will comply with the requirements of protocols and applicable law. ”

ESPN reported earlier Friday that the longtime assistant was “out” in Minnesota.

Dennison, 63, was hired by Minnesota in 2019 to serve as offensive line coach and game coordinator. He has been an assistant coach of the NFL since 1995.

The league informed clubs in April that level 1 and 2 employees (excluding players) “should be vaccinated unless they have a good faith medical or religious reason for not doing so.” Those who refuse vaccination without religious or medical reasons will not be eligible for level 1 or 2 status “and therefore will not be allowed access to the restricted area” football only “and will not be able to work directly or in the immediate vicinity of the players. “.


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