Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday continued advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine as several of his players entered the league’s reserve COVID-19 list.
Receiver CeeDee Lamb and safeties Israel Mukuamu and Malik Hooker were added to the list on Tuesday, joining defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, who were sent home from the team’s Saturday meeting against the Texans with COVID-19 concerns. The latter two were the first members of the Cowboys to produce a positive test since the team opened camp.
Per a report from USA Today, Quinn and Lamb were both 100 percent vaccinated; Mukuamu received his second shot as well, but had not yet reached the 14-day benchmark following his second dose. Another player reportedly could be added to the list pending a retest.
“Everyone has a right to make their own decisions regarding their health and their body. I believe in that completely — until your decision as to yourself impacts negatively many others,” Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “Then the common good takes over.
“I’m arm-waving here, but that has everything to do with the way I look at our team, the Cowboys, or the way I look at our society,” Jones said. “We have got to check ‘I’ at the door and go forward with ‘We.’
When the team opened camp in Oxnard, Calif., Jones said all but a “handful” of players were vaccinated. A spokesman (via USA Today) said on Saturday that 93 percent of Cowboys players were vaccinated, though the team did not specify whether that meant players had received both doses.
The Cowboys coaching staff, Quinn included, is 100 percent fully vaccinated.
Below are Jones’ full statements on the vaccine:
Dallas’ next game will be at home vs. the Jaguars. It remains uncertain whether the players and personnel currently on the COVID-19 reserve list will be able to participate in the game. Per NFL policy, fully vaccinated persons who test positive must isolate until producing consecutive negative PCR tests 24 hours apart; those who are unvaccinated must isolate for 10 days.
Close contacts have slightly different stipulations: A vaccinated person must test negative for eight days, but can be present at club activities if asymptomatic. Those who are unvaccinated and come into close contact must isolate for five days regardless.
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