The Minnesota Vikings were three quarterbacks missing from practice due to COVID-19 protocols when head coach Mike Zimmer urged players to get vaccinated.
Last week, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addressed the COVID-19 vaccine as a potential competitive advantage for teams. The Minnesota Vikings agree with him.
The Vikings had to train without three of their four quarterbacks on Saturday due to COVID-19 protocols, including starter Kirk Cousins.
Rookie Kellen Mond has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Cousins and Nate Stanley are quarantined as close contacts.
Cousins and Stanley’s vaccination status has not been confirmed. However, what we know about NFL protocols for vaccinated players suggests that it is not. Vaccinated players do not need to be quarantined as close contacts.
When in doubt, head coach Mike Zimmer made it pretty clear with his comments.
“That’s why people should get vaccinated,” Zimmer said of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I am disappointed that this happened. I’m frustrated, not just with my soccer players who haven’t been vaccinated, I’m frustrated with everyone [who didn’t]. We’ll just do our best. “
Zimmer was concerned about the prospect of a similar situation that could affect a playoff run if it occurs during the season.
Andrew Krammer from the Star Tribune reported that Moon was vaccinated. Once he has two negative tests one day apart, he can return. If Cousins isn’t vaccinated, NFL protocols require him to be quarantined for five days.
Vaccinated Jake Browning was the only available quarterback on Saturday.
Browning is a great example of the benefit vaccination can give a player. He took over all of the first team’s reps on Saturday and will continue to carry the burden until the others can return. These reps could be invaluable to someone fighting for a spot on the list.