SirVincent Rogers confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges people to get vaccinated

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Edmonton Elks’ offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers took to Twitter on Tuesday to publicly comment on his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.

Back in May I finally decided to get the 2 doses of Phizer. I did so to protect myself, my family, & anyone else I’d encounter. I tested positive days ago for Covid, & the reservation I initially had about the vaccines has changed. Personally, I have only had minor symptoms… (nasal congestion, smell/taste was off, a bit sluggish, no pain, and no fever).

I urge anyone in doubt to consider the vaccines from a viewpoint of protection from Covid, not prevention. It might save your life, and at the least eliminate the life altering symptoms commonly associated.

The 35-year-old was placed on the six-game injured list with a chest issue after training camp. The Elks have done additional rounds of testing to rule out other potential cases since learning that Rogers and linebacker Brian Walker had tested positive for the virus.

Last Friday the team cancelled its walkthrough and media availability due to coronavirus protocols. There was no concern from the Elks that their season opener would be cancelled and it went ahead as planned, Edmonton lost 16-12 to Ottawa in Week 1.

Rogers was originally signed by the EE Football Team in 2019 but he has yet to make his first appearance for the team after sustaining a season-ending torn tricep injury in training camp that year. He inked a contract extension through the 2021 season in February.

In his CFL career, Rogers has started 87 games primarily at left tackle for both the Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts. He’s been named an East all-star three times (2015, 2016, 2018), a CFL all-star twice (2015 and 2018), and the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2015.

Rogers hasn’t dressed for a professional football game since the 2018 Grey Cup and his absence from the field has extended beyond two-and-a-half years.