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Kirk Cousins Tests Positive for Covid-19

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Two days earlier than the Minnesota Vikings face among the best groups within the N.F.L., quarterback Kirk Cousins examined constructive for the coronavirus and was positioned on the workforce’s Covid-19 reserve listing, a transfer that can sideline him for no less than 5 days.

Cousins and the Vikings (7-8) are one recreation again within the N.F.C. playoff race, a spot the workforce had hoped to shut Sunday night time in prime time in opposition to the Green Bay Packers. Instead, Cousins’s absence will deal a critical blow to his workforce’s possibilities, a well-known situation in a season during which rampant constructive checks amongst N.F.L. gamers and coaches has made chaos of groups’ preparations.

After greater than 90 N.F.L. gamers examined constructive on Monday, the N.F.L. and the N.F.L. Players Association agreed on Tuesday to amended this season’s Covid-19 protocols to reflect new steerage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinated and unvaccinated gamers can return from quarantine in 5 days, not 10, if they’re asymptomatic. The league has a 94 p.c vaccination fee amongst gamers.

The change has given different groups making an attempt to make the playoffs hope that star gamers will be capable to return earlier than necessary video games on Sunday and Monday, the penultimate week of the common season. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, for instance, was amongst 39 gamers who examined constructive on Tuesday. He will likely be evaluated Sunday earlier than his workforce’s recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders, who’re two video games again within the A.F.C. playoff race.