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Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19, and will miss Vikings first preseason game

Kirk Cousins is missing the Vikings first preseason game after testing positive for COVID-19.



Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore miss the team’s first preseason game. Head coach of the Vikings Kevin O’Connell made the announcement on Friday.

Cousins is sick and will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. He will most likely rejoin the Vikings the following week. According to O’Connell, he exhibits mild indications of COVID-19.

Kirk Cousins will not play on Sunday after Coach Kevin O’Connell revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. — August 12, 2022, Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings)

Because of Cousins’ injury, the team will rotate between starting Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond. O’Connell didn’t reveal the game’s opening act.

In 2021, Cousins made waves when he decided not to get the COVID-19 immunization. According to cousins, he would rather live in a plexiglass bubble than get vaccinated. Even when asked about his fears of contracting the virus in 2020, he just said, “If I die, I die.”


This is Cousins’ second game absence since 2021 because of COVID-19. He was placed on COVID-19 protocols and missed Week 17’s game against the Green Bay Packers. At the time, the Vikings were 7-8 and just a game out of the playoffs. Minnesota fell short in a 37-10 defeat without Cousins. The squad ended the year with an 8-9 record, missing the postseason.