Kirk Cousins returns from COVID, in time for joint practice with 49ers

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is back from a five-day COVID hiatus for two days of practices with the 49ers.

He met with reporters on Wednesday morning.

Cousins said he was feeling “a little lousy” last Thursday, resulting in the COVID test. By rule (as of 2022) he was required to stay away for five days. He said he didn’t know whether he would have played in the preseason opener against the Raiders, if he’d been around. He later said he would have played a half-dozen snaps, at most.

He says he’s now “feeling good” and “ready to go.” He explained that the five days fell at a good time, if he was going to miss any time during camp, given the travel to and from Nevada and the day off on Monday.

And so he’s back for sessions with a team coached by a man who knows Cousins well — so well that Kyle Shanahan didn’t scout the class of quarterbacks in 2017 (including Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson) because Shanahan believed the 49ers would sign Cousins in free agency the following year.

His best year in Minnesota ended with a thud against the 49ers in the divisional round. The perpetual challenge for the Vikings, who always are relevant, is to be good enough to compete with whichever NFC team emerges as the best of the bunch in any given year. For more than 45 years, they haven’t been able to emerge from the 14 then 15 not 16 teams as the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl.

10 responses to “Kirk Cousins returns from COVID, in time for joint practice with 49ers

  1. Some things are just sure things in life, like the sun rising in the east, setting in the west – and the 49ers beating up on the Vikes and Pack come playoff time.

  2. There is no better proof that “iron sharpens iron” than the NFL’s use of joint practices between teams. Whoever came up with this practice deserves a star on the NFL Walk of Fame. Or at the least, an “Atta Boy” Award – seriously – controlled environment, competitive highly skilled level work and virtually zero downside. It cannot get better than that.

  3. philmccracken says:
    August 17, 2022 at 11:41 am
    I have a really bad feeling about Kirk this year, and generally that spells doom.


    I would worry more about the pack WRs. Your QB is sure worried about them😂

  4. Before he was foolishly allowed to leave Washington, his former Head Coach, Mike Shanahan, said that he believed that Cousins could be a Super Bowl winning quarterback. I’ve been a big fan since his rookie year, 2012, and have been much impressed by his being able to improve every season. I agree with Shanahan – Go Kirk Cousins, Go Spartans, Go Vikings!!!

  5. Kirk Cousins is 34 in two days. He’s won more than 9 games once (7 seasons as Starter). Mike Shanahan went 48-64 (43%) in his final seven years of coaching (ended in 2013). I won’t argue his beliefs — just his conclusions.

  6. There’s nothing wrong with being among the Top 5 game-managers in the NFL, but he’ll never be a game-changer. Plus, his salary doesn’t get as much attention as it used to.

  7. Maybe he gets his Stafford moment…and O’Connell is one of the next great coaches. That’d be awesome. 45 years ago I was pretty young, the Vikings were really freaking good. What could go wrong?

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