- Cole Beasley has -600 odds to play Week 1 of the NFL season.
- DeAndre Hopkins has the shortest betting odds of any player to play at -1000.
- Leonard Fournette’s line sits at -550 as the apparent most likely to not play in Week 1.
LAS VEGAS – Not all of the NFL players and coaches are on the same page when it comes to vaccinations. Some players are more vocal than others about the possibility of quitting over the issue.
Odds have been released on if they will play Week 1.
Cole Beasley: Threatening Retirement
Cole Beasley has arguably been the most vocal of any of the players who are against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. NFL betting sites have set his odds in a place where it suggests he will be on the field Week 1, but there are still remaining risks.
Will Cole Beasley Play In Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
- Yes -600
- No +350
Beasley has threatened to retire over this issue and has since doubled and tripled down on his refusal to get the vaccine.
The odds favor him to be in uniform for the first week of the NFL season, but if things were to get any worse, and they might, Beasley could be absent from the field.
DeAndre Hopkins: Another Potential Retirement
Beasley isn’t the only player to mention retirement as DeAndre Hopkins echoed a similar sentiment just about a week ago.
The tweet in question has since been deleted and was much less threatening than Beasley’s words, and online sportsbooks seem to believe they were empty threats.
Will DeAndre Hopkins Play In Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
- Yes -1000
- No +550
In all likelihood, the Arizona Cardinals will have their star receiver on the field for Week 1, but the bet itself doesn’t specify the reasoning for missing the first game. With this, an injury in training camp or the preseason could theoretically help the “No” cash.
Leonard Fournette: “I Can’t Do It”
Reigning Super Bowl champion, Leonard Fournette, claimed in a tweet that he couldn’t do it in regards to the vaccine.
He has since switched his stance a bit saying that if necessary, he will get vaccinated but wants more information.
Will Leonard Fournette Play In Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
- Yes -550
- No +325
Despite seemingly being the most open to the vaccine, the odds suggest that Fournette is the most likely to miss Week 1. This could be because he is a running back and is more prone to an injury, but the odds are interesting nonetheless.
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Nick is a football fanatic with years of sports journalism experience. He achieved a degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Penn State University. When he’s not covering the latest NFL odds you can catch him debating Brady > Belichick in his free time.