Alouettes QB Vernon Adams Jr. wants ‘more leeway’ for vaccinated CFL players

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. believes vaccinated players should be rewarded with increased freedom in Canada during the 2021 CFL season.

Adams Jr. was fully vaccinated with Pfizer by mid-February, but still has to quarantine for 14 days prior to training camp July 10. He’s spending the entire time at his Montreal apartment.

“I’m not going to be the one complaining this year, not after we missed a whole year (not playing),” Adams Jr. told Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky. “I’m just saying this is how I feel — I’m vaccinated. Why do we have the same rules as them? They’re not vaccinated.”

Rapid COVID-19 testing will be an important part of the three-down league’s health and safety protocols. However, the CFL has not outlined any differences for players who have chosen to be vaccinated compared to those deciding against vaccination to date.

“Why do we have to be penalized, the vaccinated players? I just feel like we should have a little more leeway. We’re doing the exact same thing as the non-vaccinated players … not go to dinner, not go there, do this, straight home and straight to work,” Adams Jr. said.

“We’re vaccinated. This is what we got the vaccine for, so we can somewhat get back to normal life. I’m not holding that against them. I’m not saying you have to be vaccinated or we can’t be friends.”

According to an extensive memo obtained by NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, the NFL and NFL Players’ Association agreed to updated COVID-19 protocols for 2021 training camp and pre-season. Adams Jr. has seen the new modifications and was thinking out loud on TwitterWe need the same rules as the NFL, as far as vaccinated or not vaccinated players.

“I’m not forcing it on nobody. I mentioned it to the guys — if you get vaccinated it’s going to help speed things up and things will be that much better,” Adams Jr. said. “If you possibly get COVID you could miss a game or two. You might miss two (game) cheques.”

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