Kirk Cousins claims he would have missed Sunday’s game, even if vaccinated

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The argument that someone pushed to multiple reporters on Friday gained validation from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on Wednesday. Vaccinated or not, he would have missed Sunday’s critical contest against the Packers.

Meeting with reporters on his first day back from a five-day absence, Cousins said that, because he was experiencing mild symptoms, he would have tested positive and missed the Week 17 game against the Packers.

“In my instance it wouldn’t have mattered, just because I had mild symptoms,” Cousins told reporters. “They don’t want you playing the game with COVID. I would have tested positive regardless. So in my case, it didn’t make a big difference.”

But maybe he would have had no symptoms if he had been vaccinated. Or maybe, if vaccinated and thus not subject to mandatory testing, he wouldn’t have noticed or mentioned the mild symptoms and showed up for what was, ultimately, a fatal blow to the team’s playoff chances.

Or maybe he wasn’t experiencing symptoms at all. As an unvaccinated player, he was tested every day. Why even bother to self-report symptoms?

“Hey, you probably should test me today, even though you’re going to test me anyway.”

Regardless, the Vikings are done — and many will be watching and waiting for see whether ownership continues the “just good enough” dog paddle, or whether it insists on major changes for a team that has qualified for the playoffs only once in four years since the Minneapolis Miracle.

Even though Cousins said on Wednesday that he hopes to be a Viking for life, plenty of fan would prefer to see him continue his life and career with another team.

21 responses to “Kirk Cousins claims he would have missed Sunday’s game, even if vaccinated

  1. Cousins gets paid a ridiculous amount of money by the Vikings. It is his obligation to make sure he does whatever he can to make sure that he Is available to play. He did not do this. He let down the organization and his teammates.

  2. He’s right. The fact that people still think if you’re vaccinated you can’t get Covid is insane. Because I have Covid now and I’m vaccinated.

  3. There’s always next year for kirk. Nobody will trade for him and Zygi isn’t giving away $35M.

  4. Hes correct on all his points. My wife and I are both vaxxed and I got it but she didn’t. The vacinne isn’t bullet proof for anything

  5. What he fails to realize is being vaccinated increases the immunity so he might have faught it off completely, or even enough to saty asymptomatic. It’s not complicated…

    Look at the poster above, claims he and wife vaxed but only he came down with it. That’s not uncommon.

  6. 28 mil per and draft picks, and for what?

    Mac Jones could be in Minnesota right now. Yikes!

  7. I honestly don’t think whether Cousins played or not Sunday night would’ve made much of a difference.
    Mannion and Mond both played well, or at least as well as to be expected.
    They both managed to line up behind their Center the whole game.
    So, there’s that.

  8. “He’s right. The fact that people still think if you’re vaccinated you can’t get Covid is insane. Because I have Covid now and I’m vaccinated.”
    Yeah, and I’m unvaccinated and in an ICU.

    No one EVER thought if you’re vaccinated you can’t get COVID – but it DID lessen your chances of getting it greatly. That is, until half the country refused it and allowed it to mutate, rendering the vaccine less effective. Simple cause and effect. It’s INSANE people don’t get that.

  9. Jist another example of whyCousins is what he is, a .500 QB in the NFL.

    Hopes were high when he first got here but in the end no one realized that he was a total non-leader. He doesn’t make the players around him better. He doesn’t take responsibility when things get rough. He just doesn’t have that “it” factor that a QB in the NFL needs. The one where guys will go out and work their tails off for him, The one that steps up when the lights are bright. He’s just not that guy.

    Trade him or keep him, either way its looking like a .500 club next year again and maybe the year after that. But the north will rise again. We just have to be patient and get the right fricken guy this time.

  10. i have no problem with his stance on this vaccine, but i still dont know if he can get it done to win the big one. he is correct though he would have missed the game either way. look at how many vaccinated players are missing time for comparison.

  11. Look at the research. Vaccinated people are MORE likely to be infected with the omicron and delta variants. The NFL’s rules are arbitrary and designed to punish the unvaccinated, not to keep anybody safe or reduce the spread. Cousins probably wouldn’t have gotten the virus if all these untested vaccinated players weren’t running around the practice facility.

  12. pftfactchecker says:
    January 5, 2022 at 7:50 pm
    He’s right. The fact that people still think if you’re vaccinated you can’t get Covid is insane. Because I have Covid now and I’m vaccinated.

    That’s the problem with the argument from Cousins. It’s simply not a safe assumption to make that you would still get covid even if vaccinated. Nobody should be arguing it isn’t possible. But that doesn’t change the fact you are still less likely to get infected if vaccinated. Nor does it change the fact that the symptoms are different if vaccinated. Equating the chance of getting infected regardless of vaccination status most certainly does not make him right.

  13. The uneducated ignorance of the people who refuse to get vaccinated is amazing. Please stop with the ignorant comments about the vaccine not stopping you from getting covid. Not one person has ever said it would prevent getting covid 100%. That is not even remotely an argument against the vaccine. It does however make it around 94% less likely that you will get covid or pass it to others. It is a scientific fact that the more people who get the vaccine would stop the spread and an other strains from developing. This would make covid a thing of the past in a short order if people would put their stupid away and listen.

    As well as anyone who spreads the misinformation about being vaccinated makes you more likely to get other variations of covid are completely lost in their own reality. Truth is the other variants would never have come about if people would have gotten the vaccination in the first place.

  14. I guess Kirk doesn’t believe the vaccine and booster provides ~70% protection against symptomatic infection.

    He’s one of those.

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