Colts G.M. Chris Ballard says there are “consequences to not being vaccinated”

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Several teams have had very public struggles when it comes to getting vaccinated, including most notably the Bills and the Vikings. The Colts are also dealing with vaccination hesitation, too. G.M. Chris Ballard addressed the issue with reporters on Thursday.

There’s consequences to not being vaccinated,” Ballard said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “Do I think everybody should be vaccinated? Absolutely. I’m for the vaccine. [Coach] Frank [Reich] is for the vaccine. We have a lot of guys on our team who are for the vaccine. Is it 100 percent perfect? No. But it’s a good thing. . . .

“It can help you from ending up in the hospital in a critical situation. And it helps stop some of the spread, and those are positive things. But for the guys who have chosen to not get vaccinated, they still understand they’re still part of this team, it’s their decision, but they’re still part of our team and they have to take care of the team.”

Ballard is choosing to be as optimistic as possible, given the circumstances.

“Look, I can beat my head against the wall,” he said. “I can go in there and raise all kinds of hell and go off. That’s not how we roll. I believe in our guys. I believe in what they stand for and I’ll stand by them. We’ll continue to work on the vaccinations. It’s not like we’re done educating. . . .  But they understand they have to take care of the protocols at hand and they have to live by them. And we’ll do that at the best of the ability we can do it.”

The Colts recently had multiple players get knocked out for five days as close contacts with infected persons. That only happens with players who aren’t vaccinated. One such player is quarterback Carson Wentz.

10 responses to “Colts G.M. Chris Ballard says there are “consequences to not being vaccinated”

  1. Ballard has done a great job at every position but one: QB. Maybe Wentz turns back into that guy we saw earlier in his career, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. Ballard on the hotseat.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Pretty much considered one of the top three GMs right now. Theyve developed a LOT of homegrown talent and have cap in control.

  3. There is a huge amount of money at risk. The player & team/teammates all could end up losing substantial money, not to mention all those who would suffer from cancellation of the game. I hate mandatory vaccination policies, but think the team’s might have to consider it in order to protect the investment.

  4. After the way he left the Eagles and what he still has to prove to confirm his first round pick status, I can’t believe Wentz isn’t/wasn’t vaccinated. He should be positioning himself to be able to play every game. What is he thinking?

  5. Ballards job is very safe since the standard for what a good Colts GM does is VERY low in the last decade or so (Grigson also won executive of the year for that dumpster fire he caused so Ballards revolving door at QB is nothing).

    Only way Ballard gets fired is I assume if he says something mean to a player ownership likes IE Grigson with Pat McAfee and he’s too nice a guy for that to ever happen. Ballard and Reich are almost bullet proof at this point.

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