4 biggest concerns to come out of Vikings training camp in 2021

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Low vaccination rate

This is an issue that many didn’t think would come up this season, but alas it has. The NFL has incentivized teams to get the COVID-19 vaccination with more lenient restrictions, and for the most part, players have obliged.

League-wide, about 90 percent of players in the NFL have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not the guys in the Vikings locker room. Last we saw, Minnesota ranked at the very bottom of the league with only around 65 percent of their players being fully vaccinated.

While it is definitely up to a person to decide what they put into their bodies, it is concerning that the Vikings have the most players in the NFL who are unvaccinated.

This puts Minnesota at a huge competitive disadvantage. They simply can’t afford to lose key players like Kirk Cousins (who is unvaccinated) for any stretch of the upcoming season if they truly want to compete for a division title and make a deep playoff run in 2021.

The Vikings already have had some exposure incidents, which led to Cousins missing a handful of practices. If there is another incident during the season similar to the one that happened during camp, it could result in losses for Minnesota and possibly losing positioning in the NFC playoff picture.

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The fact the Vikings have the most unvaccinated players is definitely concerning, and it’s one issue that could derail the entire season.