Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold says he hasn’t been vaccinated for COVID-19 yet

New Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold fielded some questions following OTAs on Wednesday afternoon. Among them included an inquiry on his stance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, in which replied with a dose of uncertainty about the treatment.

“I haven’t been vaccinated yet,” Darnold said. “Still gotta think about all those certain things that go into it. Again, it’s everyone’s choice, whether they wanna get vaccinated or not. So, that’s really all I got on it. I don’t wanna go too into detail.”

He was then asked if he’d done research on the vaccination and how that may ultimately factor into his decision.

“Yeah, I have been. For me, I’m just staying by myself right now. I don’t have a family or anything like that," Darnold said. "Again, there’s a ton of different things that go into it. I’m gonna evaluate that on my own and make the best decision that I feel is, again, the best for myself.”

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Sam Darnold dons his Panthers helmet during OTAs on Wednesday. (Photo: Jim Dedmon, USA TODAY Sports)

The fourth-year quarterback, who just turned 24 on Saturday, infamously dealt with mononucleosis, another infectious illness, two seasons ago with the New York Jets. So, of course, his response didn’t go without some slick meme’ing courtesy of the fans on social media.

But perhaps Darnold will be vaxxed come the start of the season, when he and the Panthers are set to host Zach Wilson and his former Jets teammates.

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