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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Before returning to practice on Thursday after being activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins pledged to follow the NFL’s COVID-19 procedures to prevent catching the illness or being considered a close contact.
After rookie Kellen Mond tested positive for the virus on Saturday, Cousins and quarterback Nate Stanley were submitted to the league’s COVID-19 procedures. Cousins and Stanley were designated as high-risk close contacts and were required to isolate for five days before returning to practice.
A high-risk close contact, according to NFL-NFL Players Association standards, indicates that a player is also unvaccinated.
Cousins, 32, claimed he’s had six negative tests since his previous visit with Mond on July 30 and hasn’t had any COVID-19 symptoms. The problem, according to the veteran quarterback, stemmed from the size of Minnesota’s quarterback meeting room at TCO Performance Center.
“I’ve learned since I’ve been home that the tracers we wear really indicated I wasn’t a ‘close contact,’ as I understand it, which is being within a particular amount of feet,” Cousins said. “The problem was that the conference room we were in was considered to be too small for us to be in together, despite the fact that we were far away. So we’ve now relocated to a different meeting space, and from what I gather, I wouldn’t have missed practice if we had met in a bigger room. Because I wasn’t a close contact in the sense that I wasn’t really in touch. As a result, missing practice was frustrating. I’ve only missed four practices throughout my college and professional careers. So missing four sessions in a week due to a lack of COVID was aggravating and disheartening.”
Cousins was considered a close contact because of the size of Minnesota’s quarterback room, according to a league source. To prevent future problems, the quarterback said that his position group would relocate to a bigger meeting space.
“I told to Coach [Mike] Zimmer last night, ‘We can meet in the indoor or outdoors,’” Cousins said. “”If meeting outdoors beneath a goalpost in January is what it takes to go to the playoffs, be in playoff games, and win playoff games,” I replied, “then that’s where we’ll meet.” We’ll do all we can to avoid coming into touch with each other. I had no idea the conference room size was a problem. ‘We clearly can’t meet here,’ I would have replied if I hadn’t spoken up.”
Cousins referred to his vaccination choice as a “very private health concern,” and he refused to say if the position he found himself in this week persuaded him to get the vaccine in order to avoid this issue from resurfacing throughout the season. The quarterback emphasized the importance of adhering to the NFL-guidelines NFLPA’s as the best way to avoid acquiring the virus or being labeled a close contact.
“As a team leader, I think it’s critical to follow the rules in order to prevent close contact — because that’s what it’ll come down to,” Cousins said. “Did you have a close relationship with someone? As a result, I’m going to be extra cautious about making eye contact. I’ve even considered putting Plexiglas around where I sit so that this never happens again. I’ve considered it since I’m willing to go to any length. We’re not going to have any close-contact games this year, and I’m looking forward to participating in every game.”
Prior to his return to practice, Cousins claimed he and Zimmer had a “tremendous discussion.” Zimmer, who has been vocal about his displeasure with unvaccinated players, told KFAN-100.3 FM that he had previously talked with Cousins about the league’s procedures, which Zimmer claims the quarterback “doesn’t believe in.”
Cousins tried to clear the air on Thursday, saying, “I very much believe in the procedures.”
The quarterback said that he would be “extremely attentive” with the COVID-19 procedures in order to avoid being in the same situation in the future and missing a game as a consequence.
“You have to follow the procedures,” Cousins said. “These rules have been established by the NFL. I’m concentrating on following the procedures so that I may play on Sunday. I’ll be at every game as long as I don’t test positive and don’t have a close touch.”
According to the Washington Post, the Vikings have the lowest vaccination percentage in the league, with just 64.5 percent of players completely immunized. Cousins said that he is unaware of his team’s current percentages and declined to say if he thinks the Vikings are at a competitive disadvantage.
He added, “I believe it’s a fluid situation.” “I believe it is evolving on a daily basis.”
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