The report that Kirk Cousins “self-reported” symptoms is irrelevant

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There’s an important nugget that got overlooked in Friday’s news that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID-19. The information is irrelevant, but the motivation for the leaking of it has significance.

Cousins reportedly self-reported symptoms to the Vikings before his positive test. Because he’s unvaccinated, the self-reporting of symptoms doesn’t matter. He’s tested every day. He would have been tested on Friday anyway. (And if tested negative and Friday and reported the symptoms after that, he would have tested positive on Saturday, even without the self-report.)

Most passed along that news without explaining its significance, or lack thereof. At a deeper level, it’s possibly very significant.

The potential motivation for making it known that Cousins self-reported symptoms could be to push back against any anger that could come his way from Vikings fans for his stubborn refusal to get vaccinated. (He once said he would do “whatever it takes” to avoid getting COVID, except getting vaccinated.) While both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated can get COVID (and can develop symptoms), only the unvaccinated continue to be tested every day without regard to whether they are symptomatic.

Thus, if Cousins had been asymptomatic and vaccinated, he most likely would have been able to play — because under the current protocol he most likely wouldn’t have been tested.

Maybe Cousins actually was experiencing symptoms. For him, knowing that a daily test is as inevitable as the rising and the setting of the sun, there’s no reason to keep the symptoms quiet. And there’s every reason to make it known that the symptoms are happening.

For unvaccinated players, it’s always better to be a symptomatic positive. Without symptoms, many vaccinated players continue to practice and to play without being tested and, in turn, sidelined for a potentially critical late-season game on which any remaining hopes for the postseason may have been riding.

56 responses to “The report that Kirk Cousins “self-reported” symptoms is irrelevant

  1. I’m surprised he made it this far in the season before getting a positive test. Just can’t understand why guys don’t get vaccinated!

  2. He did it so he WOULDN’T have to face Rogers & the Packers & CHOKE straight up…..this way, though looking selfish, he can divert the loss toward covid instead of his inability to win when it matters most!!

  3. Its like stealing something from someone and then helping them look for it…aaaand then expecting a pat the back.

  4. MF is so furious about non vaxxed…but his main talking point isnt about health or safety, its merely that…the player might be available to play if vaxxed, just because they arent tested everyday. No cares about whether the player is positive, shows symptoms, spreads the virus, etc. Just keep talking in circles. The rest of us are just pointing and laughing at you

  5. I think the Wilfs are probably furious at him especially given that they have paid him nine figures in salary over the past four years. He is gone regardless of what the Vikes do with Zimmer and Spielman.

  6. I’m just baffled that there are still people who believe the shots help anyone in any way.

  7. Any remote chance the Vikings had to make the layoffs is gone with Counsins’ probably avoidable absence. I think the team excepts a little more for their massive investment in him.

  8. It’s going to be very cold tomorrow night.
    Rather than struggle during another prime time game, Kirk decided he’d rather be at home in his Viking snuggie, drinking camellia tea and counting the big pile of money the Wilfs decided to unload on him.
    Enjoy, Kirk.

  9. testing is meaningless. I was tested 5 times over 2 weeks, both rapid and PCR, all came back negative. My son/wife had covid at the same time. I ran a fever, felt ‘bleh’ like I had the flu. Tested negative for flu (A&B). Wound up with pneumonia, covid antibody test came back positive.
    Cousins stayed covid free 80% of the season. Hundreds of other players can’t say that, with multiple players testing positive more than once.

  10. Well, if you’re actually gonna ‘self-report’ … there’s no better time than just before a night game, in an outdoor stadium … with temperatures falling to a minus 8 degrees. Face it, this guy ain’t no dummy – he’ll be watching the game curled up on his beanbag chair, eating Cheetos and wearing a pair of pajamas that have feet in them – knowing full well that one more loss means the season gets over at least a week earlier with no playoffs in sight. And of course – it’s just one more thing that adds to the long, dismal legacy of the Minnesota Vikings – where football wise – winter is always 12 months long.

  11. Just giving GB a better shot at the 1 seed. The ever changing NFL covid rules have directly affected the playoffs this year.

  12. After 62 straight years of failure you would think Vikings’ fans would finally see the light

  13. It’s too bad Cousins didn’t self report his mediocrity 4 years ago, he could have saved Viking fans a lot of aggravation. 🤣

  14. Of course it’s not irrelevant to self-report. Loads of people have COVID and test negative, sometimes for days.

  15. I am glad he got it – I am not happy by these guys supposedly saying that it is my body- my right. Players sign big contracts to perform for the fans and they need to be available. That is the teams right to not only protect other players on the team but to protect their investment and to provide the fans with the entertainment. If you want to opt out – sobeit but I prefer what John Davidson and the Columbus Bluejackets did – all players, coaches and team staff must be vaccinated as well as all fans in the stands ( and cut a player and a coach for noncompliance). Now the team is missing a big player at a critical time of the year. Good on the Vikes and good on Cousin. Maybe he shouldnt have been so diligent earlier in the season and he could have caught the virus and been over it – like ARod. I say this as Cousins has said he wasnt afraid of it. Being unafraid of it isnt the point – giving it to somebody who might have underlying conditions like Ziggy might be a good reason.

  16. Yes, “ I would do anything for love… but I won’t do that.“
    Love that song but “paradise” is Meatloaf’s best work!

  17. What difference does it make, vaccinated players also miss games. Players miss games for a number of reasons they feel important. Stop this anger because someone makes a choice you don’t like.

  18. Way more vaccinated players test positive, mainly because the jab is poor excuse for a vaccine. It didn’t even meet the definition of a vaccine until they change the definition.

  19. if Cousins had been asymptomatic and vaccinated, he most likely would have been able to play — because under the current protocol he most likely wouldn’t have been tested.
    ___________

    Clearly you are concerned about players health and safety with that take.

  20. Are there people on the planet still THAT stupid that they don’t think the vaccine works, or saves lives?

    Really? They should be put down to save the rest of us. Anyone that stupid is indeed too stupid to live.

  21. Ok guys let’s say for old time sakes he was vaccinated and he still came in contact with the same person who had covid and that person not knowing he or she had it, Kirk still would have had contracted covid from that person and still not have played the game. So what’s the point of all the negative talk on Cousins, he still would have gotten covid even with the vaccinations.

  22. No one cares whether it was self reported. This was inevitable going back to July. None of these guys realize that their selfish decisions impact others. Maybe he can help Zimmer pack his moving boxes. If he wears a mask.

  23. Every time I post and underline how despicable some of your posts attacking people that are unvaxxed it gets censored out. But it’s ok for other people posting to wish death on Kirk simply because he chose not to be vaccinated. It’s ridiculous. It further proves that it’s all about control. I applaud Kirk for standing on his beliefs no matter how many of you people wish ill will on him.

  24. So .. is this the way the Kirk Cousins era ends in Minnesota? Not with a bang but with a whimper?

  25. Tested every day? Is this the same test where they jab your brain with a swab? If so, I would be begging them to stick me with anything they want after the second test. RIP his septum…

  26. Self-reporting symptoms may have given the Vikings a heads up to avoid having him in close contact with other players prior to his positive test results, thereby avoiding having other players on the Covid list.

  27. Let’s hope he doesn’t try blaming the Vikings the same way he tried to blame them during training camp following his COVID exposure to Kellen Mond.

  28. I spent a little time today in the anti-vax universe online. From people believing it’s the “Mark of the beast” to others who think there are warnings about it in twenty year-old movies to those who think it lets Bill Gates track them (I guess they don’t have a cellphone) to the ones sure that it would sterilize them (if only). Really scary place; couldn’t stay there long.

  29. Everybody should be tested, everyday. Because herd immunity never had a chance to be achieved, because anti-vaxxers selfishly refused to be part of a solution, variants (which scientists and health experts warned us about,) have taken over. It’s now everyone’s equal opportunity problem, vaccine or no vaccine. It’ll now be with us the rest of our lives. Thanks crazy Qnuts, thanks crazy flat-earthers, thanks crazy Trump-tics, thanks crazy anti-vaxxers. As far as I’m concerned, you’re all in the same boat and you’re all dragging us to the bottom with you.

  30. Without symptoms, many vaccinated players continue to practice and to play without being tested and, in turn, sidelined for a potentially critical late-season game on which any remaining hopes for the postseason may have been riding.

    +++++

    So if you are vaccinated having covid (being infectious) but not having symptoms lets players wander about spreading this dastardly virus.

    You aren’t mad that infectious people – by adopted rule – are somewhat allowed to be “hidden” while infecting others? Instead people are mad that an arbitrary, ineffective, broken protocol would have given an infectious player a better shot at playing.

    Things that make you go Hmmm….

  31. This was inevitable- all just a matter of when. Then again, with or without Cousins, this team was never more than average. Sunday won’t be pretty.

  32. stellarperformance says:
    January 1, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Everybody should be tested, everyday.
    +++++
    So just out of curiosity…..when was your last test? Put your words into action.

  33. No it a cousins fan by any stret h of the imagination but for packer fans to suggest he is ducking man bun with the pair on his pinkie toe seems silly considering the result of the last two times they played.

  34. So how many players tested positive for CoVid this year? And over 90% are vaccinated? Vaccinated people can still test positive and spread CoVid.

  35. Vaccinated are the ones who spread the virus around, because they think they’re invincible. No point of getting vaccine, not safe.

  36. The vaccines worked very well and did what they were supposed to do. The mutations and variations were enabled to evolve because not enough persons received the vaccines. The scientists, virologists, and healthcare experts all warned us this would happen, and now it has. The mutated variation virus can now infect vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike. Thank you for that.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    January 1, 2022 at 5:25 pm
    Everybody should be tested, everyday. Because herd immunity never had a chance to be achieved, because anti-vaxxers selfishly refused to be part of a solution, variants (which scientists and health experts warned us about,) have taken over. It’s now everyone’s equal opportunity problem, vaccine or no vaccine. It’ll now be with us the rest of our lives. Thanks crazy Qnuts, thanks crazy flat-earthers, thanks crazy Trump-tics, thanks crazy anti-vaxxers. As far as I’m concerned, you’re all in the same boat and you’re all dragging us to the bottom with you.

    ……………
    Overreact much? You should stay home and never come out

  38. warmaster says:
    January 2, 2022 at 6:07 PM
    Overreact much? You should stay home and never come out.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    We have a winner! I was wondering who would recognize themselves in my comments, first. You win.

  39. stellar, good luck on that happening are you aware that our healthcare system is already overwhelmed with unvaccedinated people

  40. tbone1 says:
    January 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm
    stellar, good luck on that happening are you aware that our healthcare system is already overwhelmed with unvaccedinated people
    Zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Of course. The New Confederacy is losing ten thousand voters every eight days.

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