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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Raiders


Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Raiders

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, is likely to go back to the team Tuesday. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 12 (UPI) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID-19 and can not play in the team’s preseason game contrary to the NEVADA Raiders, coach Kevin O’Connell told reporters Friday in Eagan, Minn.

The Raiders will host the Vikings at 4: 25 p.m. EDT Sunday in NEVADA.

“He’ll not make the trip,” O’Connell said at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. “We will let him rest up and obtain all set. He should, by protocol standards, be back by Tuesday morning.”

O’Connell said the team confirmed Cousins’ positive result Thursday through multiple tests. He also said the veteran quarterback has “not a lot of symptoms.” The Vikings sent Cousins home Thursday after he reported some symptoms.

Cousins, 33, completed 66.3% of his throws for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 16 starts last season, on the way to his third Pro Bowl selection. He also missed one game last season because of positive COVID-19 test.

The Vikings signed Cousins to a one-year, $35 million contract extension in March. He could be under contraction through 2023 and can receive $40 million this year.

Backup quarterback Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond are anticipated to complete for Cousins contrary to the Raiders. Mond and Mannion are competing for a second-string role this year.

The Vikings may also play preseason games contrary to the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers and Denver Broncos later this month. They’ll host the Green Bay Packers within their first regular-season game Sept. 11 in Minneapolis.

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