Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​tests positive for COVID-19, will miss the preseason opener

EAGAN, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​has tested positive for COVID-19, coach Kevin O’Connell said Friday. Cousins ​​will have to be in isolation for a minimum of five days, meaning he will not travel with the team for Sunday’s preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Barring complications, Cousins ​​would be eligible to rejoin the team on Tuesday for the final week of training camp. O’Connell said cousins’ symptoms are minimal.

The Vikings sent Cousins ​​home from training camp on Thursday after he fell ill, but did not immediately confirm the diagnosis.

“I like the way he handled it,” O’Connell said, “reporting the symptoms and just going through our internal process here. I’m proud of how he did that, looking out for his teammates and making sure we’ll see him as soon as possible.” ready to roll again as soon as possible.”

Cousins ​​missed one game last season after testing positive for COVID-19. He also quarantined five days of training camp last summer for being an unvaccinated close contact with reserve quarterback Kellen Mond, who had tested positive.

The NFL suspended its remaining COVID-19 protocols in March. But all league staff — including players — must follow CDC guidelines after testing positive. Teams can also impose additional protocols if desired.

O’Connell hadn’t disclosed his preseason playing time plans for Cousins, and it’s possible Cousins ​​wouldn’t have played the Raiders anyway. Back-ups Mond and Sean Mannion, who have competed to be the No. 2 quarterback in the camp, will handle the charge Sunday.

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