The Minnesota Vikings simply misplaced three members of their quarterback room for a number of days of coaching camp after rookie QB Kellen Mond examined optimistic for Covid. Starter Kirk Cousins and reserve Nate Stanley had been deemed to be in shut contact with Mond, and had been pressured to take a seat out below the league’s protocol.
Whereas they had been out, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expressed his disappointment with Cousins and different members of the staff who weren’t vaccinated, saying “I simply don’t perceive. I feel we may put this factor to mattress if we’d all do that, however it’s what it’s.”
Cousins returned to apply on Thursday and gave some startling quotes throughout his press convention. No, Cousins isn’t getting the vaccine. He continues to say he’s “doing his analysis,” no matter meaning when there are 265 million vaccinated People (simply ask us, Kirk). Whereas Cousins stays terrified of a jab, he did categorical how critical he’s about staying away from shut contact with anybody else who may need the virus.
Cousins even thought of “actually” placing plexiglass round himself in assembly rooms to remain secure. You possibly can watch a video of his full feedback right here:
Kirk Cousins, who is not vaccinated, says he’ll proceed to comply with all protocols, the staff is getting a much bigger QB room so he will not be an in depth contact & he would possibly even put plexiglass round the place he’s within the facility. Says secret’s to not be an in depth contact. pic.twitter.com/4PwJaVuJHa
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 5, 2021
First Cousins blamed the dimensions of the Vikings’ QB room as the rationale he was thought of to be in shut contact with Mond. Then he provided the traditional plexiglass line. Listed here are his quotes, transcribed:
“I feel the vaccination determination is a non-public well being matter for me, and I’m going to maintain it as such,” Cousins stated. “I do consider that as a frontrunner of the staff it’s essential to comply with the protocols to keep away from this shut contact as a result of that’s what it’s going to come back right down to. Did you have got an in depth contact? So I’m going to be vigilant about avoiding an in depth contact.
“I’ve even considered, ought to I simply arrange actually plexiglass round the place I sit in order that this might by no means occur once more? I’ve considered it. As a result of I’m going to do no matter it takes. So we’re going to keep away from this close-contact factor and I sit up for ensuring I’m enjoying for each sport this 12 months.”
Cousins additionally stated he nonetheless hasn’t talked to the NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, concerning the virus.
Does Cousins plan on main the huddle six-feet aside from his teammates throughout video games this 12 months? He can go to immense lengths to keep away from shut contact to any of his teammates … or he can simply get the jab. That sounds a bit of bit simpler. I’ve carried out it, Kirk, it’s not so scary.
Cousins talked about being a frontrunner throughout his press convention, however he’s placing his staff in jeopardy of forfeiting video games by not getting the vaccine. That will probably be a storyline to observe all season.
Cousins has made some questionable choices up to now — like regardless of the hell he placed on his grill a number of years again — however this one takes the cake.