Kirk Cousins won’t have to worry about trying to improve his prime-time record in the Minnesota Vikings’ rematch against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, because he won’t be. on the ground to do so. Cousins was moved to the Vikings’ reserve / COVID-19 list after testing positive on Friday, the team said, and regardless of his vaccine status (he is not vaccinated), given that the match starts in just two days – it doesn’t. have enough time to clear the protocols.
Even if the cousins were vaccinated, the new NFL protocols would require a possible five-day quarantine, and he lands on the reserve list after apparently showing signs of symptoms before self-reporting to the ‘team.
It’s a big blow to the Vikings, as they enter Week 17 still in the hunt for the NFC playoffs, and it tilts the competition ahead in favor of a Packers side in the hopes of win their last two regular season games to clinch the No.1 seed in the conference before the playoffs. Without Cousins, head coach Mike Zimmer named Sean Mannion’s starter on Sunday. Mannion himself was on the COVID list but was activated on Friday. Newly signed Kyle Sloter and rookie third-round pick Kellen Mond were the other options.
None of the three QB options give the Vikings the same chance to cause surprise (and land the Packers sweep in 2021) as Cousins would have. Sitting at 7-8 on the season with two games to go, the Vikings sit eighth in a slice that will allow the top seven teams to enter the tournament. If Cousins is still showing symptoms with no improvement next week, that also calls into question his availability for the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears.
It’s news that sends shockwaves throughout the NFC’s playoff image and could be the end of the Vikings ‘playoff hopes, unless one of Cousins’ backup Can’t knock the world out in prime time.