Kirk Cousins would do just about anything to not be sidelined by COVID-19 again – except get vaccinated, apparently.
The veteran quarterback has missed four Vikings practices because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, having been labeled as a close contact to Kellen Mond, who contracted the virus.
Being deemed a high-risk contact indicates Cousins is not vaccinated, according to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.
But it doesn’t seem like he plans on getting the vaccine, at least not yet.
Instead, the 32-year-old said, “I’ve even thought about, ‘Should I just set up literally plexiglass around where I sit, so this could never happen again?’ I’ve thought about it, because I’m going to do whatever it takes. We’re going to avoid this close-contact thing, and I look forward to making sure I’m playing for every game this year.
“As I said to [Vikings head] coach [Mike] Zimmer last night, I said, ‘We can meet in the indoor [practice facility], we can meet outside.’ And I said, ‘If it means meeting outside under a goal post in January, if that’s what it takes to get to the playoffs and be in playoff games and win playoff games, then that’s where we’re going to meet,’” Cousins said.
The Vikings have the lowest vaccination rate in the NFL, with 64.5 percent of their players fully vaccinated and 70 percent having received one dose, according to The Washington Post.
Cousins said his vaccination status is “a very private health matter for me.”
Zimmer has expressed his frustration with the team about their low vaccination rate, especially as the NFL has instituted rules that could cause teams to forfeit if they have an outbreak among unvaccinated players.
“I talked to the team, and like I said before, there are quite a few guys that are just against it,” Zimmer said. “I’m not going to be able to change their mind, so, it’s like half the country, I guess.
“It’s their beliefs, so. I don’t know if it’s misinformation. It’s their belief, so whatever they’ve heard or read or been told. Not from – maybe they don’t believe what [NFL chief medical officer] Dr. [Allen] Sills and the NFL is telling them either, so.”