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

EAGAN, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​has tested positive for COVID-19, coach Kevin O’Connell said Friday. Cousins ​​must isolate for at least five days, which means 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 were 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, “he reported the symptoms and just went through our internal process here. I’m proud of how he did that, looked out for his team-mates and made sure we’ll get him back up and running as soon as possible.”

Cousins ​​missed a game last season after testing positive for COVID-19. He was also quarantined for five days at training camp last summer because he was an unvaccinated close contact of backup quarterback Kellen Mond, who tested positive.

The NFL suspended its remaining COVID-19 protocols in March. However, all league employees — including players — must follow CDC guidelines after testing positive. Teams can also impose additional protocols if they wish.

O’Connell had not disclosed his Cousins ​​game schedules ahead of the season, and it’s possible Cousins ​​would not have played the Raiders anyway. Backups Mond and Sean Mannion, who fought for the No. 2 spot at camp, will take the load on Sunday.

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Emma Bowman

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