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5 Vikings, Including Kendricks & 3 OL, Placed on Reserve/COVID-19


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Monday announced five players, including linebacker Eric Kendricks and three starting offensive linemen, have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Left tackle Christian Darrisaw, left guard Ezra Cleveland, right tackle Brian O'Neill and safety Camryn Bynum joined Kendricks on the list.

Based on recent protocols agreed to by the NFL and NFL Players Association that reduced mandatory time away, any or all could be eligible to return for Minnesota's season finale against Chicago.

The Vikings (7-9) and Bears (6-10) have both been eliminated from postseason contention, so it remains to be seen what approach either team might take as the NFL plays a 17th regular-season game for the first time in league history.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

Minnesota announced defensive end Patrick Jones II has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Vikings also announced quarterback Kyle Sloter has been released. Sloter joined the Vikings last week, a wild one among the Vikings position group.

Backup QB Sean Mannion landed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list last Monday. He was activated on Friday before making his third career start. Kirk Cousins was placed on Reserve/COVID-19 Friday, sidelining him for Minnesota's Week 17 game at Green Bay.