Kirk Cousins: The key will be to avoid being a close contact

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was back with the team at training camp on Thursday after missing four practices while on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Cousins went on that list as a contact of teammate Kellen Mond, who tested positive for COVID-19, and league protocols for unvaccinated players call for five days of isolation in such cases. He told reporters upon his return to  that he has tested negative each day and said “the protocols worked” because he wore a mask while in a meeting room with Mond.

According to Cousins, he and Nate Stanley were put on the list because the team’s meeting room for quarterbacks did not provide enough space between the players. He said the team would be changing the locations of their meetings and that they’d meet outside all year if needed. He also mentioned putting up plexiglass around his locker to avoid another case of close contact.

“The key will be not being a close contact,” Cousins said.

Being vaccinated would eliminate the need to miss time for being a close contact of a player who tests positive. It doesn’t appear that Cousins’ mind will be swayed by that, however. He called his vaccination decision a private one on multiple occasions Thursday and said that he is “at peace” with it while stressing he will be “vigilant” about following league protocols as the Vikings move forward with the 2021 season.

 

74 responses to “Kirk Cousins: The key will be to avoid being a close contact

  1. Shame on Cousins. Instead of taking personal responsibility like an adult, he blamed the team for putting him in this situation.

  2. Kirk don’t pay attention to the haters, let your play do the talking and then people will really see your brilliance. /s

  3. He said the team would be changing the locations of their meetings and that they’d meet outside all year if needed.

    Outside in Minnesota in November and December. This guy…

    The key is get vaccinated.

  4. Important clarification. The masks help stop the spread. Not from getting it. The mask catching Mond’s saliva would be the reason why Kirk Cousins didn’t catch it. Not his own.

  5. Cousins only hurts the team with his not awful but not great play. He gives them mediocre hope, with mediocre play that lands you with a mediocre draft pick. They should just play the back up and win 0-3 games and get a high draft pick, this experiment has proven to be a waste of time.

  6. How about you just get vaccinated you selfish spoiled brat? I can’t wait for the Vikings to forfeit a game or two.

  7. I can’t believe a QB is not vaccinated. He is supposed to be the team leader. Mo wonder this team is last in the number of players not vaccinated.

  8. If the vaccine is as effective as advertised, and hospitalizations and death are almost entirely unvaxxed, then why the hell do you care if Kirk or anyone else is vaccinated?

    Tool? Moron? What does it at all matter to you if you’re vaccinated (and I guess not a Vikings fan)? Either the vaccine works or it doesn’t, and if it does, then the unvaccinated are in no way “selfish” since only they are in danger. You can’t have it both ways.

  9. ryguy1269 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Kirk don’t pay attention to the haters, let your play do the talking and then people will really see your brilliance.

    ———————-

    When???

  10. The good news for us Washington fans is that letting him go reduced the number of jackasses we have in the Nation’s Capitol! Good luck, Minnesota!

  11. Personally, I’d say get the vaccine, but I repsect a man that stands on his convictions and doesn’t cave to the pressure…unlike some NFC North rival QBs.

  12. As much as I’ll defend Cousins as a top-ten quarterback, for what that’s worth compared to the top five… I don’t like that.

  13. If the vaccine is as effective as advertised, and hospitalizations and death are almost entirely unvaxxed, then why the hell do you care if Kirk or anyone else is vaccinated?

    Tool? Moron? What does it at all matter to you if you’re vaccinated (and I guess not a Vikings fan)? Either the vaccine works or it doesn’t, and if it does, then the unvaccinated are in no way “selfish” since only they are in danger. You can’t have it both ways.
    ——————————————————-
    *Sigh*, because 1) hospitals in many states are already teetering on being overwhelmed and 99%+ of infections requiring hospitalization are among the unvaccinated 2) milder cases that don’t require hospitalization will also need result in death 3) every case prevented is one fewer chance for a new more contagious, vaccine-resistant variant to emerge

  14. How many games did he miss last year with this virus and no vaccines for anyone? Must do something right to avoid it with someone in his own QB room sick right now.

  15. I just don’t get people who are willing to take all the health risks associated with playing the game but refuse to be vaccinated.

  16. The Vaccine would not prevent this. It’s a vaccine and not a cure. Those vaccinated still can pass the virus around.

  17. It’s a team game, not an individual sport — this isn’t shot put. He has to meet and interact with players and coaches daily, and under NFL protocols those that aren’t vaccinated mess that up. I don’t care how nice a guy he is or what “convictions” he holds, he’s putting himself above the team. I was iffy on the guy before, but not any more. He can pound sand.

  18. Whats the point of getting vaccinated? He will still test positive and he will still have to sit out per the NFLPA / NFL policy. The vaccine doesnt stop anyone from contracting anything.

    So he is right – vaccinated or non vaccinated – the best thing to do is avoid the close contact.

  19. Everyone in Minnesota is ready to get rid of Kirk Cousins. Even the people that used to defend his contract and play have finally seen the light. We can’t stand the guy. Where’s Case Keenum when you need him?

  20. The Packers, Bears and Lions…..are hoping that you don’t get vaccinated!!! Miss a couple games because of false positive test, no big deal.

  21. Sadly enough, despite all this tomfoolery, Detroit will likely still come in last in their division either way.

  22. Kirk is so smart – all we need to do is stay away from others that have the virus. Why didn’t anyone think of that earlier!

  23. To all the people bashing Kirk. He’s way smarter than any of you will ever be. Washington post report out of 125k vaccinated 1,400 people have caught covid and died.

  24. “The aluminum foil practice hats keep us all protected from the virus. That’s what they’re for, for crying out loud!”
    -Kirk Cousins

  25. Kirk Cousins is a loser and will never bring anything good to Minnesota. Bridgewater may have but then he blew his entire leg out. Time to reboot.

  26. Vaccinated people can carry the same load of virus as unvaccinated people. Cousin’s selfishness is to himself, his family (not having him around), and to his team (covid protocols)

  27. Why is it so hard to understand, the more people safe and vaxxed, the higher the chances to eradicate the virus.

    And those who are vaxxed are being infected by the unvaxxed? The selfish unvaxxed are the source of this current surge.

    Why is our country so stupid? Why are people ok with killing other people?

  28. Good for him. Stick to his guns. Don’t let the scardy-cats intimidate you. Starting QB…he’s not likely to have his roster spot taken.

  29. I read he would not have been quarantined at all had he had the shot. Not sure if that is correct but it sounds like he is taking every precaution as if he doesnt have the shot and isnt planning on getting it. The later the Vikes will be just over joyed with

  30. I don’t get it. You’d rather get a 5 inch Q-tip inserted in your nose everyday as opposed to getting a prick in the arm?

  31. Kirk you are protecting others in the community. You are protecting your family and your teammates and their families. And you are protecting the company ( Minnie Org) who pays your salary. If you and any others dont want to get vaccinated -then stay at home in your basement. WE do not need any typhoid Mary’s wandering around infecting others. There are enough of them around. The League should have mandated vaccinations as most Hospitals and other businesses are doing. It is your choice – but it is the businesses choice who to allow into their buildings. Remember the days of measles, chicken pox, ebola etc But the bottom line is that you are going to catch it = this is really really contagious. Then next step is that you are going to have to fly on your own hook somehow and if the White House takes the recommendations out there – one is going to have to be vaccinated and prove it in order to fly – Just wait until FAA mandates it for flying -hopefully soon.

  32. Heck, why not just go to the team facility in one of those giant bubble balls? I mean, you will have someone put up plexiglass. You’ll have important meetings in the cold “all year”. You’ll do seemingly anything to avoid a safe and effective vaccine. “the protocols work”… yeah, so does the vaccine. Schmuck.

  33. From the CDC three days ago: Less than 0.004% of fully vaccinated people had a breakthrough case that led to hospitalization and less than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people died from a breakthrough Covid-19 case.

    The best action for this country is getting the vaccine.

  34. Hit him where it hurts, in the pocketbook. Miss a game due to a COVID exposure and you’re not vaccinated, lose a game cheque. That will cost him over $1 million a game.

    And if I was the team, you’re jeopardizing the team with your actions, that will be another game cheque.

  35. What if its December and the Vikes are on the cusp and need a win and Cousins gets Covid because he isn’t vaccinated? That is a real team guy!

  36. I am vaccinated. The vaccine is for yourself.
    And that is before vaccine resistant strains which lambda could be.

    “and the data is sobering.

    The study details a COVID-19 outbreak that started July 3 in Provincetown, Mass., involving 469 cases. It found that three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people. Massachusetts has a high rate of vaccination: about 69% among eligible adults in the state at the time of the study.

    It also found no significant difference in the viral load present in the breakthrough infections occurring in fully vaccinated people and the other cases, suggesting the viral load of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons infected with the coronavirus is similar.”

  37. If you and any others dont want to get vaccinated -then stay at home in your basement. WE do not need any typhoid Mary’s wandering around infecting others.
    ___
    Ummm, typhoid Mary was asymptomatic yet carried and spread the virus. The covid comparison would be vaccinated people spreading the virus rather than the unvaccinated. Just saying

  38. Bench him. Done with him. The competition should be between Mond and Browning.

  39. The negativity is so heavy up in here, let people enjoy their freedoms while they last.

  40. I’m sure the Viking’s front office is working very hard figuring out how they can move on from Cousins ASAP. When the supposed leader of the team turns out to be completely selfish and clueless, it becomes clear the team will never achieve its full potential. The Vikings are stuck with Cousins for this season, but I’d bet he’s gone next year if they can move him. He’s not a good enough QB to be allowed to risk a team’s season.

  41. Irvin was right. Cousins will do anything to avoid the vaccine, but not to help his team be better prepared.

  42. Cousins main issue as a football player has always been his mental makeup, he doesnt have the “it” that most of the great QB do. He can throw a really great ball, and hes accurate….but he falters under pressure, he panics, he crumbles mentally……this is just confirmation of all that.

  43. when I was a boy the federal government was requiring seat belts in cars. The same “individual rights” arguments were touted in protests all over the US. Seriously, there were idiots refusing to wear a seatbelt because someone told them it saved lives. Take the damn vaccine.

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