Why doesn’t the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins ​​star in “Sunday Night Football” against Packers?


The Vikings will be without Kirk Cousins ​​when they face the Packers in “Sunday Night Football”.

The cousins ​​tested positive for COVID-19 and landed on the Vikings’ COVID list on Friday morning, by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As a result, he will not be available to participate in the “Sunday Night Football” match in Green Bay.

The cousins ​​tested positive on Dec. 31, and league protocol calls for an isolation period of at least five days, according to updated CDC guidelines. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion has been activated from the COVID-19 roster and will replace Cousins ​​in a bid to keep the Vikings’ playoff hopes alive.

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Why doesn’t Cousins ​​play on Sundays? Here’s what you need to know about why he’s missing the game and when he could return to the Vikings’ backfield.

Why isn’t Kirk Cousins ​​playing tonight?

The cousins ​​tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning. All players who test positive must self-isolate for at least five days before they can play, according to updated NFL COVID-19 protocols.

Return-to-play protocols state that all players should be gone at least 24 hours since their last fever without the help of antipyretic drugs, other symptoms should be “resolved or improved” and individuals should be ruled out by a physician. team in consultation with ICS and NFL.

Once the protocols are cleared, all players are required to wear a mask for five days after their return, except when participating in training or a game.

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When will Kirk Cousins ​​return?

Since Cousins ​​is not vaccinated, he is unable to test the protocols and return to play earlier than the prescribed five-day period. According to Tom PelisseroThe cousins ​​exhibited symptoms before testing positive.

If he becomes asymptomatic and is cleared by a team doctor, Cousins ​​could return to the Vikings as early as Wednesday, before the Vikings’ final regular season game against the Bears.

What other Vikings are on the COVID list?

Both Mannion and Rashod Hill were activated from the Vikings’ COVID list on Friday. With the addition of Cousins, the Vikings currently have four players on the roster who likely won’t see the pitch on Sunday.

List of COVID Vikings

  • G Olisaemeka Udoh
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • BY Patrick Jones II
  • QB Kirk Cousins


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