EAGAN, Minnesota – The Minnesota Vikings were without multiple players for Saturday night training at the TCO Stadium due to a COVID-19 hiatus.
Viking rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19, a league source that ESPN has confirmed, and as a result, fellow quarterback fellow quarterback Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley – both classified as close high-risk contacts – missed that Training on Saturday and before returning to the training camp must adhere to a five-day quarantine.
According to the protocols drawn up by the NFL and the players union this summer, close high-risk contacts indicate a player is not fully vaccinated.
“You know, honestly, after everything we went through last year, I’m not a bit surprised,” said coach Mike Zimmer when asked how he felt about missing players due to COVID problems. “I’m disappointed that happened. I’m frustrated, not just with my football players who haven’t been vaccinated, I’m frustrated with everyone.” [who didn’t]. We’ll just do our best. It’s just disappointing. “
Jake Browning, who is fully vaccinated according to Zimmer, should be Minnesota’s only quarterback available for Saturday’s practice. Browning signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and has been on the Minnesota training squad for the past two seasons. He’s competing for the backup job behind cousins.
“Jake is really smart,” said Zimmer. “He’s vaccinated, which helps to be the reinforcement. So if we move forward here he’ll get a lot of reps tonight. … He’s out there, he’s available, that’s important. It’s important to be available when you play football, a team sport. “
Zimmer didn’t say how many additional players would have to miss Saturday’s training and whether the Vikings would put anyone on the COVID-19 reserve list. However, the Vikings coach said the team was not considering canceling evening training.
“That kind of thing happens the day before a game where you have a chance to get into the playoffs or something … this Delta line is tough,” said Zimmer. “You can see the cases are increasing every day now. So I think in the interest of everyone’s health” [getting vaccinated is] important. But some people don’t understand that, I guess. “
NFL Network was the first to report Moon’s positive test for COVID-19 and the high-risk term for close cousin contacts.