Joe Flacco opened up on his vaccination status.
The Jets quarterback is getting a surprise start Sunday vs. the Dolphins, but maybe more surprising is how open and candid he was about not being vaccinated while speaking with reporters in the week leading up to a divisional matchup.
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The former Ravens, Broncos and Eagles quarterback is in his second stint for the Jets after spending time with the team in 2020, with the Jets trading for the veteran in the wake of Flacco’s return to starter-dom this time is in relief of injured quarterback Zach Wilson.
Here’s what Flacco said about his vaccination status on Sunday:
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On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Flacco revealed in a press conference that he is not vaccinated, and while he was upfront about that fact, he chose not to divulge any information as to why he’s not.
Flacco’s comments in full:
I feel like — I definitely have my reasons. I honestly probably like to talk about this topic more than anybody. It’s one of those things that you debate with all the time. Overall, I’ve felt like it’s more of a distraction than anything. I feel like, to talk about it too much, and give you all of my beliefs is more of a distraction than anything. I think the most important thing is going and playing a football game.
The veteran quarterback was traded from the Eagles to the Jets for a conditional sixth-round pick following the injury to Zach Wilson on Oct. 24. Flacco’s arrival to the Jets was curiously delayed and caused him to be inactive for their game vs. the Bengals. Some speculated the quarterback would have to pass coronavirus protocols before officially arriving in Florham Park, NJ.
Interestingly enough, Flacco wasn’t wearing a mask the last time he was interviewed in a press conference setting on Oct. 29, which would be in violation of the NFL’s coronavirus protocols for unvaccinated players.
He rectified that in his Nov. 17 presser.
In five games with the Jets in 2020, Flacco threw for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions while filling in for an injured Sam Darnold.