Kellen Mond not committing to vaccine after returning from COVID-19

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Three of the Vikings’ four quarterbacks are unvaccinated. That became known July 31 when rookie Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley to isolate for five days.

Jake Browning, who is vaccinated, was the only quarterback the Vikings had for that night’s practice.

Mond met with the media for the first time since his positive test, which kept him out until Aug. 10. He said he experienced flu-like symptoms.

“Day two through four is where I struggled the most, but I was still kind of around and functioning,” Mond said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I was still in meetings, and still trying to do as much as I can to work out and stay in shape.”

There is no doubt it was a setback for the third-round choice. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Mond has been in “slow motion” since returning and “needs to pick up the tempo.”

“Knowing that I had to sit out 10 days, it definitely hurt, especially coming off a good OTAs and then looking forward to coming in and learning more there in training camp,” Mond said. “But I can’t dwell on what’s happened in the past, and I’m just looking forward to getting better.”

Zimmer has expressed frustration with unvaccinated players as the Vikings have ranked near the bottom of the league in vaccination rate.

“I think everyone based on the NFL and everyone to the players, they have their own opinions and obviously him, a person who’s vaccinated, has their opinion of wanting their players to get vaccinated to protect the team,” Mond said of Zimmer, via Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. “So everyone has kind of spoke on it. I think everyone has their own personal reasons, so pretty much everybody (has an) opinion.”

Mond said he still is talking to people about whether he might get vaccinated.

“I’ve talked to people around me who I trust,” Mond said. “I think it’s a little bit more in the conversation since I’ve had COVID-19, but I think those are personal things I’m (not) going to speak about. Like everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”

25 responses to “Kellen Mond not committing to vaccine after returning from COVID-19

  1. Okay Kellen, now think of the other people you associate with that are not at their peak physicality and imagine how they would do in days 2 through 4.
    If there are loved ones in your life, get the shot. If you care about the general public, get the shot. If you take a hard look at all the actual science, you would get the shot.

  2. For the Vikings sake and that of their fans,I think there needs to be a behind-the-scenes grassroots effort to have the NFL season cancelled. That appears to be their best bet for a non-losing season.

  3. Uninformed people who get their information from face book are entitled to their opinion.
    And being a newly drafted QB he isn’t going to be cut.
    But a bubble player would be foolish to make statements like this.

  4. He is 4th on the depth chart. Just cut him. He clearly doesn’t want the opportunity he has.

  5. In my day, when a coach tells you to do something, you do it. Not out of fear, but out of respect

  6. I am curious how many player that went on the covid list had the vaccine. You can kind of tell the ones that didn’t because they say that in the article but my guess is the player that had the vaccine that were on the list their status is not an issue.

  7. It’s not his personal choice, it’s a public safety issue. people that don’t understand that are selfish and so, so misinformed. I’m ashamed to share a country with the ‘my body my choice’ crowd…you are putting us back into lockdown and it sucks

  8. WE all have “OUR” rights” … but there is no “OUR” in team or life …
    forget what “people” say and listen to your doctor !

  9. Someone said it here first (not me) and it’s great: The metaphorical freedom to swing one’s fist ends at the nose of others. It’s not a personal private decision if it directly impacts the team. It does. That makes him a lousy teammate to go along with what I’m hearing are lousy practice performances.

  10. Anyone who has had COVID will have some antibodies in their system, but nothing close equaling the benefit of a vaccine. Fact. Trust the science. Stop listening to your fishing buddy or your wife’s hairdresser.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    August 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm
    Anyone who has had COVID will have some antibodies in their system, but nothing close equaling the benefit of a vaccine. Fact. Trust the science. Stop listening to your fishing buddy or your wife’s hairdresser….

    Where did you get your degree in virology? Your statement is completely false… natural infection gives you better antibodies than any artificial vaccine… natural antibodies cover the whole surface of the protein wheras the mRna vaccines only recognize the spike protein of the original strain… the pfizer vaccine is only about 40% effective against the delta variant…. I would reconsider where you get your info from….

  12. nhpats2011 says:
    August 12, 2021 at 7:09 pm
    Why would a guy with Covid antibodies need a vaccine to create Covid antibodies?


    Because there is no research that shows that those who have had Covid have enough antibodies to be immune. In fact, there are known cases of people who died after contracting the disease a second time.

  13. People who have long Covid will continue to have long term health problems even if they survive the infection. Some athletes never recover well enough to regain their athletic prowess.

  14. Mond is the type of QB who lasts 1 maybe 2 years his being such an a-hole assures he will be
    working as a bartender next year.

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