Kirk Cousins has COVID-19, out Sunday night

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will miss Sunday night’s game against the Packers.

According to multiple reports, Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Cousins is unvaccinated, and even though the NFL recently changed its COVID-19 protocols to make it easier for unvaccinated players to return faster, he won’t be able to get back on the field for the Packers game, which is less than 36 hours away.

The Vikings also have backup quarterback Sean Mannion on the COVID-19 reserve list, although it’s possible that Mannion, who went on the list five days ago, could be back by Sunday. If not, rookie Kellen Mond is the next man up, and Kyle Sloter is the other quarterback on the roster in Minnesota.

The 7-8 Vikings are in a fight for their playoff lives, while the 12-3 Packers are trying to earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC. This is bad news in Minnesota and welcome news in Green Bay.

102 responses to “Kirk Cousins has COVID-19, out Sunday night

  1. Well, this should be the final nail in the coffins of Kirk Cousins, Speilman, and Zimmer. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Kirk Cousins is NOT a leader. When he’s needed most he will let you down, time and time again.

  2. Ha! I have been waiting for this to happen all year. Kirk has played his final game as a Viking.

  3. Wow. That’s a huge blow to the Vikings. It is what it is, though. The Packers played the Chiefs without Aaron Rodgers. It’s always next man up in the NFL.

  4. C’mon, are we sure?
    Or does he just want to get out of playing in the cold Sunday night. 🤣

  5. “Nobody could’ve seen that coming” says Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, Carson Wentz, etc …

    At least he didn’t lie about it like Rodgers.

    This increases the odds of the Eagles making the playoffs and Vikings missing it. I guess having the leagues only fully guaranteed QB contract was not enough to take all medical precautions to make sure you are available.

  6. Well this quickly became basically a bye week for GB. Again.

    GB must have thought it was a bye week last year too.

  7. Well this quickly became basically a bye week for GB. Again.

    ********************

    GB must have thought it was a bye week last year too.

  8. Games between these two teams are rarely easy victories for either. This helps the Packers of course, but they’ll still have to stop Cook, and they haven’t done well against any rushing attack recently. I hope the players aren’t as overconfident as many of the fans seem to be.

  9. At this point it doesn’t matter his vaccination status, he was going to miss this game. If this was earlier in the season, he would miss two games. But they are not going to the playoffs anyway so no big loss.

  10. I mean…. Come on, you didn’t think it would happen any other way did you? It’s almost like the football Gods want to punish MINN every year.

  11. This WAS gonna be a real test for the Packers because Cousins was having a career year. Not anymore.

  12. They should start Mond over Mannion. Mannion is awful and it’s time to look towards the future.

  13. Neither Klingons nor Romulans nor Khan Noonien Singh can keep Captain Kirk from making his appointed rounds.
    Covid, that’s another story. Oh, my!

  14. Kirk should have consulted with Joe Rogan like our fearless leader did before he was immunized.

  15. Well he still has that 13-win NFC Championship game appearance to hang his hat on….oh wait, that was the cheaper Case Keenum …oops

  16. Anti-vax players are going to find it hard to find work in the coming years. I know I wouldn’t sign an anti-vaxxer. Best ability is availability.

  17. They should start Mond over Mannion. Mannion is awful and it’s time to look towards the future.

    —-

    The problem is, Mond is also awful but claiming to have a young QB is one of the very few things Zimmer and Spielman can try to use to justify sticking around.

  18. The unmitigated failure of the Minnesota Vikings takes your breath away sometimes. SKOAL!

  19. As bad as the Packer run defense has been, the Vikings might actually have a better chance without Cousins. Just hand it off every play.

  20. I knew Cousins would screw em like this. He should hang his head in shame with all they pay him and his mediocre play when in big games.

  21. Vikings couldn’t win this game anyways so let’s finish the season with Mond and then fire the GM and coaching staff + give away Cousins to some other team. Reboot the Vikings.

  22. As a Cowboys fan hoping the Packers would trip up, I have this to say:
    “Help me Dalvin Cook Kenobi…you’re my only hope”.

  23. Packer fan , but I don’t like to see this. Beating basically the Viking JV team isn’t going to do you any good when you play Tampa , LA, or whoever2-3 weeks from now

  24. No sympathy from this Vikings fan. Cousins made the decision to put himself above the team. And now he’s out for the team’s last chance at the final playoff spot. But according to Cousins, it is what it is.

  25. Every vaxed player missing game. Silence

    Unvaxed player. Missing game= selfish.

    If kirk was vaxed he still would have gotten covid and considering its Friday, he would have missed sundays game.

  26. Liberty Biberty says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:27 am
    Well he still has that 13-win NFC Championship game appearance to hang his hat on….oh wait, that was the cheaper Case Keenum …oops

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You mean the Case K who lead the Skol chant in Lambeau?

    Sweep

  27. If it’s any consolation Viking fans, they weren’t going to win with Cousins at the helm anyways because it’s, you know, a big game on the road against a good team.

  28. End of an (BAD) era with Kirkland and hopefully the beginning of a new (GREAT) era with Mond! Been waiting for this since late April!

  29. Ha! He’s a real “team player!” Wonder which team he’ll be “playing” for next year?

    Hopefully not mine!

  30. I wonder which team is desperate enough to sign Cousin and his knuckleheaded “leadership” skills. It’s not just his vaccine status, but rather his entire persona. The guy relishes being controversial while his QB skills are either searing hot or sub freezing cold.

  31. candlestickkid says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:54 am
    William Shatner can’t be happy with what Cousins is doing to the Kirk legacy.
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    Perhaps Shatner can make arrangements for Kirk to be launched into space — PERMANENTLY!

  32. andymannfl says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:50 am
    If it’s any consolation Viking fans, they weren’t going to win with Cousins at the helm anyways because it’s, you know, a big game on the road against a good team.
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    Hmmmmm seems to me the past two meetings Cousins has won or did you forget about Lambeau last year? But I digress.

    What concerns me is if this happens during the playoffs, being a huge fan of the NFL it would really be a buzz kill if two days before a play off game some teams star players who get bit. I’m not going to pile on Cousins for not getting vaxxed it’s a personal choice but extreme measures should have been taken.

  33. byaaah says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Well, this should be the final nail in the coffins of Kirk Cousins, Speilman, and Zimmer. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Kirk Cousins is NOT a leader. When he’s needed most he will let you down, time and time again.

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    He’s got a $45M guaranteed salary and cap hit next year. Can’t see them taking a $45M dead cap hit for a player not on the team next year. Just like on his first deal, when you guarantee all the money on such a big contract, it gives all the leverage to the player. Which is why they had to double down on this second deal to get cap relief. And with the Vikings, already well over the cap next year, may do the same thing again.

  34. Every time you need this guy, he’s not there. Usually figuratively, this time literally. Enough of him.

  35. Cook, Smith and Cousins all vaccine experts. All spreading covid to other players. Pathetic organization!

  36. Cousins Out ??? That stinks. I’m a Packer fan who expected to see a revenge match and a great battle. Now,… a Packers win is tainted.
    But,… a win is a win is a win. And it’s gonna be a cold game,… down near zero degrees.

  37. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    October 20, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    Cousins OWNS rodgers in 2022
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    Ha-Ha! Dream on. The Packers were 11-point favorites BEFORE Cousins squandered his team’s future away. He obviously takes his career as seriously as he does COVID.

  38. It’s a terrible disease. Hope his case is not severe. Unvaxxed far more likely to need hospitalization and those beds are pretty full-up.

  39. Bummer news. I was really hoping for no major injuries for Sunday’s game. Better to give Vikings fans hope then watch them get spanked vs fans knowing they’ll get crushed going into the game. It’s more fun that way. I was really looking forward to seeing Green Bay

    Send
    Kirk
    Out with a huge
    Loss!! SKOL!!!

  40. On the plus side, this means there is no way Cousins will throw any interceptions against the Packers.

  41. Zimmer is going to lose his job because the most important players on this team are anti vax quacks. He’s got to be so pissed off at this team and season.

  42. This is a good reminder to Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman to wear a mask and socially distance when they go to job fairs.

  43. All these comments reflect the ignorance surrounding Covid. His vaccine status has nothing to do with testing positive. he may be out longer, but he still would miss this game. Many vaccinated players have tested positive and have been forced to sit. Coaches too.

  44. What difference does it make? The Vikings were not going to make the playoffs. When the season or a game are on the line, what do the Vikings and Kirk Cousins do? Winners find a way to win and the Vikings find a way to lose.

  45. Cousins is having a hell of a year, I was very nervous about this game as a Packers “Owner” but I feel much better knowing this guy won’t be suiting up, I also support Cousins’ decision to not get the jab as well. Like him or not he has cashed in with some monster contracts smart guy.

  46. On a side note, I would not be surprised one bit if the “NFL” makes certain that every player that is not vaccinated, “tests positive” before the season including the Super Bowl is complete.

  47. He has played his last game as a Viking. I’m betting the Wilf’s are furious. He has been a self centered creep ever since he joined the team.

  48. Correct me if I’m wrong, but i believe the key to beating GB in Lambeau last year was Zimmer taking the ball out Kirk’s hands. I think he only threw like 15 passes. Pound Cook again and see if the Packer D can stop it this time.

  49. He’s got a $45M guaranteed salary and cap hit next year. Can’t see them taking a $45M dead cap hit for a player not on the team next year. Just like on his first deal, when you guarantee all the money on such a big contract, it gives all the leverage to the player. Which is why they had to double down on this second deal to get cap relief. And with the Vikings, already well over the cap next year, may do the same thing again.

    If they trade him the cap hit goes down to only $10M. His new team (I’m betting Cleveland) will negotiate an extension to lesson their hit similar to Carson Wentz being traded last year.

  50. 2020vision says:
    December 31, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    byaaah says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Well, this should be the final nail in the coffins of Kirk Cousins, Speilman, and Zimmer. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Kirk Cousins is NOT a leader. When he’s needed most he will let you down, time and time again.

    ——————————————————————————
    He’s got a $45M guaranteed salary and cap hit next year. Can’t see them taking a $45M dead cap hit for a player not on the team next year. Just like on his first deal, when you guarantee all the money on such a big contract, it gives all the leverage to the player. Which is why they had to double down on this second deal to get cap relief. And with the Vikings, already well over the cap next year, may do the same thing again.
    ————————-

    Going to be a Goff or Osweiler type trade to get Cousins off the roster for the new coaching staff…New coach isn’t going to want to be saddled with Cousins and his contract while trying to put his stamp on the team. Would only be $10 mil in dead cap. Lots of talent on the roster to work with, shouldn’t take long for a competent coach to get the team on the right track…

  51. Let’s see what Kellen Mond can do. He’ as good as any QB prospect coming up in this drafr

  52. Not surprised whatsoever, it was always going to happen. Packers have had some amount of luck this year, let’s see if it continues in the play-offs. Spoiler alert: 9 times out of 10 it doesn’t.

  53. Justin Jefferson isn’t going to be too happy about this.
    I wonder what coach Zimmer’s got to say in his little interview? 🤔

  54. kevines255 says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:05 am
    Ha! I have been waiting for this to happen all year. Kirk has played his final game as a Viking.
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    Kirk had played his last game as a Viking? Never mind his guaranteed contract for next season.

  55. vikingprideforever says:
    December 31, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but i believe the key to beating GB in Lambeau last year was Zimmer taking the ball out Kirk’s hands. I think he only threw like 15 passes. Pound Cook again and see if the Packer D can stop it this time.
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    Never mind the 50 yard touchdown pass.

  56. Vaccinated guys can’t escape COVID. What made Cousins,Wentz and the other unvaccinateds think that they would?

  57. Never mind the 50 yard touchdown pass.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Ya know it was a screen pass right? Pretty sure it went to Cook too.

  58. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:28 am
    Anti-vax players are going to find it hard to find work in the coming years. I know I wouldn’t sign an anti-vaxxer. Best ability is availability.

    Nah, not really. People are finally beginning to realize that none of this is working. Covid is our new flu/common cold. I believe it’s already running out of steam. People are ready to get on with their lives. And I work in a COVID unit every day. The fear factor is over for most people with any sense

  59. Is this what Rodgers means when he talks about the nfl’s discrimination of the unvaccinated?

  60. Cousins is a complete loser. He choked in Washington. He folded under the pressure in Minn. Then, even though he got paid over $100 million from the Vikings, he idiotically failed to get vaccinated, dramatically increasing the odds that he would get sick, miss games and let down (and possibly infect) his teammates. To repeat, Cousin is a complete loser.

  61. Vaccinated players are coming down with it as frequently as unvaccinated players. The vaccine doesn’t stop or slow the spread, the CDC has acknowledged as much. I’m curious why not getting vaccinated is considered selfish.

  62. Cousins is a selfish guy. All he had to do was get a couple shots and maybe he he tests negative and gives his team a chance to make the playoffs.
    Screw the team he has his silly frigging politics

  63. Here comes another unvaccinated player to have little or no symptoms. Who wants to bet against me?

  64. scarletknight says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:35 am
    How you like me now? Selfish jerk affected his team’s playoff chances. And risks infecting susceptible people

    zzzzzzzz

    You do realize he can get Covid, out for the game and infect other people if he was vaccinated. Do you know how I know this? I currently have Covid. Im vaccinated. The person that infected me is also vaccinated. You sound like a loyal cnn viewer.

  65. As good as the Packers have been this season, they took a loss the last time they played the Vikings this season (34-31). I think it’s still going to be a close game as it’s a division game.

  66. listen2me says:
    December 31, 2021 at 11:53 am
    Another follower of Dr Joe Rogan, good ridden

    ……….

    Another dumb joke, I bet you’re a huge Dr Bill Gates fanboy!

  67. Christopher Allan says:
    December 31, 2021 at 2:34 pm
    vikingprideforever says:
    December 31, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but i believe the key to beating GB in Lambeau last year was Zimmer taking the ball out Kirk’s hands. I think he only threw like 15 passes. Pound Cook again and see if the Packer D can stop it this time.
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    Never mind the 50 yard touchdown pass.

    ________________________________________

    True, Cousins did throw a 50yd TD pass to Dalvin Cook on a screen play……..

  68. Early in the year, it really looked like Rodgers wouldn’t be here. Imagine the fight for the NFC North. At 7-8, the Vikes would probably have it all but wrapped up. Without Rodgers, this division would stink from top to bottom.

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