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Joe Flacco is in the unvaccinated QB club

Jets starting quarterback Joe Flacco has not received a COVID vaccine, he said Wednesday.

Flacco didn’t go into details about why he isn’t vaccinated, saying he wanted to keep his reasons to himself.

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“I definitely have my reasons. Honestly, I probably like to talk about this topic more than anybody...But I’ve overall felt like it’s more of a distraction than anything,” Flacco said. “So I feel like to kind of talk about it too much and give you all my beliefs, is more of a distraction than anything. I think the most important thing is going to play a football game.”

The Jets traded for Flacco on Oct. 25 after Zach Wilson suffered a sprained PCL, sending a sixth-round draft pick to the Eagles. Flacco didn’t report to the facility till Oct. 29 and the Jets cited personal reasons. Flacco is starting against the Dolphins on Sunday, making him the Jets’ third starting quarterback this season.

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When Flacco spoke to reporters in person after the trade, he broke NFL COVID protocols by not wearing a mask while participating in a press conference.

Flacco (right) is unvaccinated, he said Wednesday.
Flacco (right) is unvaccinated, he said Wednesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“Clubs are reminded that any individual who is not fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask at all times when inside the club facility,” a reminder from the league reads, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. “This includes while giving media interviews or participating in media briefings conducted indoors either at the club facility or at the stadium on game day. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may conduct media interviews outdoors or in the practice bubble without wearing a mask, provided that physical distancing is maintained at all times.”

The Jets would not comment on the situation.

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