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NFL star non-committal on vaccine after second Covid-19 bout

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was the 2019 MVP.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (file pic).
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (file pic).
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BALTIMORE RAVENS quarterback Lamar Jackson, back with the NFL club after a second bout of Covid-19, remained non-committal on Monday when it came to getting vaccinated for the deadly virus.

The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, who missed a game last season and the start of pre-season workouts this month with Covid-19, said he needed to talk to teammates, relatives and medical experts about vaccination.

“I just got off the Covid list,” Jackson said after a team workout.

“I got to talk to my team about this and see how they feel about it, keep learning as much as I can about it. We’ll go from there.”

When asked if he has considered being vaccinated for Covid-19, Jackson replied, “We’ll see. Talking to the doctors. We’ll see.”

Pressed that his status could hurt the Ravens as they seek a fourth consecutive playoff appearance, Jackson switched the focus to family and his own recovery.

“I feel it’s a personal decision,” Jackson said.

“I’m just going to keep my feelings to my family and myself. I’m focused on getting better right now. I can’t dwell on that right now … how everybody else feels. Just trying to get back to the right routine.”

The 24-year-old signal caller, a run-pass threat who has lost three of his four playoff starts, said he was frustrated at testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

“It was crazy,” Jackson said. “I was heartbroken. Because I wasn’t looking forward to that at all, right before camp, it was like, ‘Not again. Not right now.’ But it’s over with.”

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Jackson was first infected last November during an outbreak among Ravens players that forced postponement of a game against Pittsburgh, one Baltimore eventually played with a depleted lineup.

This time, Jackson was isolating while his teammates began training for the season that begins next month.

“When I was at home I wasn’t doing too good because I was missing my guys,” Jackson said.

 © – AFP, 2021

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