Report: Assistant Rick Dennison to remain with Vikings
Offensive line coach Rick Dennison of the Minnesota Vikings walks the sideline during the second half of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Report: Assistant coach Rick Dennison to remain with Vikings

The NFL community was surprised to learn this past Friday that Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach/run game coordinator Rick Dennison was parting ways with the organization after he refused to receive one of the available and safe COVID-19 vaccines, but the Vikings later shared a statement with Pro Football Talk explaining the two parties were still having "discussions" on the subject. 

PFT's Mike Florio now reports Dennison and the Vikings have reached an agreement that will allow him to remain with the club. 

Florio added that Dennison previously requested to be exempt from receiving one of the shots. Coaches can gain an exemption based on legitimate health or religious reasons, and it's unclear if Dennison agreed to get vaccinated or is working as an unvaccinated coach who won't be permitted to have direct interactions with players per the terms agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association. 

With the NFL threatening to force forfeits and even withhold game checks if a contest cannot be played this fall because of a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated personnel within any team, it's understandable owners and front offices want as many employees vaccinated, as possible, before the preseason concludes late next month. 

New England Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich is reportedly no longer with that organization over the league's COVID-19 vaccine requirements. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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