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Report: New England Patriots Assistant Coach Cole Popovich Leaving Team Over COVID-19 Vaccine

At 2:52 PM EST, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reported today that Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich won’t be with the Patriots in 2021 — but there wasn’t any explanation of why.

But, just an hour later, Mike Reiss of ESPN tweeted, saying that Popovich won’t be with the team this upcoming season due to the COVID-19 vaccine and NFL guidelines — also saying that Cameron Bricillo, the other co-OL coach, takes on the role of being the head offensive line coach.

Popovich, who is related to five-time NBA Champion Gregg Popovich, isn’t the only coach who has left their team due to COVID-19 guidelines. On Friday, reports stated that the Vikings and assistant coach Rick Dennison parted ways because he was unwilling to get the vaccine.

(Photo of Popovich during 2018 Super Bowl/Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

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