The Minnesota Vikings positioned quarterback Kirk Cousins on the COVID-19 reserve list on Friday, two days before their most necessary game of the season at Green Bay.
Cousins is unvaccinated. Even if he have been asymptomatic, he would not have the opportunity to return in time to face the Packers. The NFL not too long ago decreased the required quarantine interval to 5 days for asymptomatic gamers.
The Vikings (7-8) are one game out of the final wild-card spot within the NFC with two weeks to go. The Packers (12-3) are in command of the highest seed and a first-round bye.
The Vikings additionally activated backup quarterback Sean Mannion from the COVID-19 reserve list, placing the seventh-year veteran in line to begin at frigid Lambeau Field on Sunday evening. Mannion began one game for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and one game for the Vikings in 2019, when Cousins was held out of the ultimate regular-season game as a precaution prior to the playoffs.
Coach Mike Zimmer was scheduled to handle reporters after follow on Friday. After Minnesota’s final game, a 30-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Cousins acknowledged the predicament of the case numbers climbing throughout the crew like all throughout the league.
“It’s in our building. It’s going to be in our building. It’s going to spread. We’ve just got to be disciplined to keep our distance and make sure that to the best of our ability we don’t get it,” Cousins stated, “however it’s going to be tough.”
Cousins has 30 landing passes and 7 interceptions this season and is fourth within the NFL in passer score (101.3). He is 29 yards passing wanting hitting the 4,000 mark for a sixth time in seven years as a starter. Cousins is in his fourth season with the Vikings, who’ve him signed for 2022 with a $45 million salary-cap cost.
Rookie Kellen Mond and up to date addition Kyle Sloter are the opposite quarterbacks on Minnesota’s roster. When Mond examined constructive in coaching camp, Cousins had to sit out 5 days as an unvaccinated shut contact.
Zimmer did not conceal his frustration in August with the gamers who remained unvaccinated, expressing resignation that they might miss video games in some unspecified time in the future through the 12 months. Plenty of vaccinated gamers have examined constructive and had to sit out, in fact, however the price of an infection by the virus amongst unvaccinated folks is far larger.
Around the league, groups have been experiencing extra features than losses as gamers within the pre-Christmas surge of constructive checks have begun to trickle again to motion.
The Jacksonville Jaguars activated seven gamers from their COVID-19 reserve list, together with defensive starters Josh Allen, Myles Jack and Damien Wilson. Allen, Jack and Wilson cleared protocols and can fly with the crew to New England.
The Jaguars (2-13) nonetheless have 20 gamers on the COVID-19 list, together with three beginning offensive linemen. Interim coach Darrell Bevell stated Friday he hopes heart Brandon Linder and guard Andrew Norwell can be cleared in time to play the Patriots. Jacksonville has a second airplane lined up to take gamers who might nonetheless clear protocols as late as Sunday morning.
Left deal with Cam Robinson is amongst 4 Jacksonville gamers already dominated out. Safeties Rudy Ford and Andrew Wingard and returner Jaydon Mickens are also out. Bevell stated rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence will begin, it doesn’t matter what the offensive line seems like.
Jacksonville additionally activated tight finish Luke Farrell, receiver Laviska Shenault and defensive finish Jordan Smith from COVID-19 reserve and moved working again Travis Etienne from the COVID-19 list again to injured reserve.
Also getting back from COVID-19 reserve on Friday:
—Safety Jahleel Addae and working again Marlon Mack to the Indianapolis Colts.
—Wide receiver Mike Evans to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who put punter Bradley Pinion on the COVID-19 reserve list.
—Guard Sean Harlow to the Arizona Cardinals.
—Defensive deal with Tyeler Davison to the Atlanta Falcons.
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