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Vikings Place Kirk Cousins on Reserve/COVID-19 List


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have placed quarterback Kirk Cousins on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Cousins, who has been following protocols for unvaccinated players all season and said in training camp he was unvaccinated, is out for Sunday night's game against Green Bay.

Cousins has thrown for 3,971 yards with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

He is in his fourth season as Minnesota's starter, going 32-29-1 in 62 regular-season games. This will be the second start Cousins has missed since joining the Vikings. The first was a coach's decision for the 2019 finale that did not impact Minnesota's position in the NFC Playoffs.

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

Update: Roughly 30 minutes after announcing Cousins' placement on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the Vikings activated backup quarterback Sean Mannion and reserve tackle Rashod Hill from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Mannion hasn't been in the building since landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 27. He last played in 2019 when he started for Cousins in Week 17. The Vikings other available quarterbacks are Kellen Mond and Kyle Sloter.

Mond was drafted in the third round and hasn't played since the preseason. Sloter returned to Minnesota this week and is yet to play in a regular-season NFL game.