Kirk Cousins ​​tests positive for COVID-19 and will not play the Packers

With Mannion recovered, Vikings will have to rely on a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a TD pass for their playoff hopes.

EAGAN, Minn .– The Minnesota Vikings placed quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Friday, the team announced. Cousins, who is not vaccinated, will not be able to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Cousins ​​underwent a daily test cadence due to his vaccination status. He experienced symptoms on Friday and later tested positive for the virus, sources told Adam schefter from ESPN. The Vikings activated backup quarterback Sean Mannion last Friday – he was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list hours before Minnesota’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16. Mannion, who is vaccinated, was “ill,” according to coach Mike Zimmer.

Mannion is ready to start against the Packers. Minnesota signed Kyle Sloter, who spent the 2021 season on the practice team of Las Vegas, earlier this week, while Mannion remained on the list of reserve / COVID-19. Rookie Kellen Mond, who was active for the first time all season against the Rams as a backup for Cousins, completes the QB spot and his alternatives.

Mannion has started just two games during his seven-year career at the NFL– A Week 17 loss in 2017 to the San Francisco 49ers while a member of the Rams and a Week 17 loss to the Chicago Bears with Minnesota in 2019. In both cases, the Rams and Vikings they had already secured postseason offers and laid off most of their starters.

Yes Mannion throws a touchdown pass against the Packers, it will be the first of his career.

The Vikings face a win-win situation in Green Bay to keep their playoff hopes alive. According to him Football Power Index of ESPN, Minnesota’s chances of making the playoffs increase to 46% with a win over the Packers and drop to 2% with a loss.

Zimmer said this week that the Vikings were taking more security measures to keep Cousins ​​and Mond apart and prevent COVID-19 from further affecting the quarterback group.

Cousins ​​isn’t the only Vikings star player to have ended up on the reserve / COVID-19 list. Safety Harrison Smith missed two games after testing positive the morning before a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and running back Dalvin Cook missed last week’s loss to the Rams after testing positive. Starting nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was also out 10 days after being placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list.