Vikings prevent Cousins ​​from training due to illness

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​was absent from practice Thursday due to illness, coach Kevin O’Connell said.

Cousins ​​was sent home after reporting he was unwell. O’Connell did not specify the symptoms. He confirmed the Vikings are evaluating Cousins ​​for COVID-19.

Minnesota’s first exhibition game is Sunday in Las Vegas, so it’s possible Cousins ​​will skip the trip given that established starters aren’t expected to play much, if at all. The coaches were still determining their playing time plan for the game, O’Connell said, but those decisions won’t be finalized until Saturday before the flight.

Cousins ​​was forced to miss five days of training camp in 2021 due to NFL rules for close contact with known cases of COVID-19. He was in league protocols for unvaccinated players last season. After testing positive for COVID-19 on December 31, Cousins ​​had to miss the game in Green Bay.

The league suspended all coronavirus protocols in March. The current recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for people who test positive to isolate themselves from others for at least five days. Isolation can end, according to the CDC, if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and their symptoms improve.

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