According to reports, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tested positive for Covid-19 today, Friday August 12, and will miss the Vikings first preseason game on Sunday.
A quarterback testing positive for Covid and missing time is always going to be a news story, but it is an even bigger deal in Cousins’ case after last years controversy with Vikings ex head coach Mike Zimmer.
Cousins came out last year as someone who would not get the vaccine, and that created strife with then head coach Zimmer.
At one point during training camp last year, the entire Vikings quarterback room was out of practice and in covid protocols, and Cousins absence specifically was longer because he did not have the vaccine.
This frustrated Zimmer, who did not like having all of his quarterbacks in quarantine.
He ended up having a doctor come and speak to the team about the positives of the vaccine, in hopes that it would steer more players (most notably Cousins, of course) to opt to get the vaccine.
Fast forward a year, Cousins still does not have the vaccine but there is a new head coach in town.
Now that Covid protocols are significantly less strict than they were at this time last year, Cousins shouldn’t figure to miss much time, but it is still something to monitor moving forward.