Kirk Cousins Health Update: Vikings Suffer a Massive Blow Ahead of Decisive Game Against the Packers

Published 01/01/2022, 11:36 AM EST


The Minnesota Vikings have been very inconsistent this season which is why they have 8 losses in 15 games. With Playoff qualifications hanging by a thread, every match for them is a must-win. Unfortunately, a concerning health update to their star QB Kirk Cousins puts their playoff qualification in peril.

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Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19

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Last night, reliable NFL insider and journalist Tom Pelissero broke a piece of disappointing news for the Vikings fans. Pelissero revealed that star QB Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be available against the Packers.

Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) prepares to throw a pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Edmond Robinson (46) rushes during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Reuters

“Sources: #Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is going on the Reserve/COVID-19 list,” tweeted the journalist. He further added “is out for Sunday night’s game against the #Packers,”

The loss of the unvaccinated Cousins at this crucial stage is a huge blow for the Vikings. Luckily for them, their backup quarterback is Sean Mannion. The backup QB had also tested positive a while ago, but fortunately, he was activated on Friday.

Green Bay Packers Injury Update: Aaron Rodgers set to play against the Vikings

On one hand, we have the struggling Vikings, while on the other side of the spectrum are the high-flying Packers. After clinching their division, all Packers would hope in the remaining games would be a healthy Aaron Rodgers. Luckily for them, Rodgers‘ toe injury that flared against the Browns is under control. His performance and participation in yesterday’s practice proved this.

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“He did an outstanding job today,” said Packers HC Matt LaFleur. “You can feel the urgency when he’s out there and he kind of sets the tone and everybody is on top of the details. And you can see it,” finished LaFleur describing the infectious intensity shown by Rodgers.

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Minnesota head into this high-stakes game with a lot to lose. With Kirk Cousins not on their side, do the Vikings have enough in their arsenal to overcome the mighty Rodgers & Co.? Drop your predictions in the comments below!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xavier's College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite soccer club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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