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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins exams certain in newest blow to the N.F.L. postseason race.


Two days earlier than the Minnesota Vikings face probably the most easiest groups within the N.F.L., quarterback Kirk Cousins examined certain for the coronavirus and was once positioned at the staff’s Covid-19 reserve checklist, a transfer that can sideline him for a minimum of 5 days.

Cousins and the Vikings (7-8) are one sport again within the N.F.C. playoff race, an opening the staff had was hoping to near Sunday night time in top time towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers. As an alternative, Cousins’s absence will deal a major blow to his staff’s probabilities, a well-recognized state of affairs in a season through which rampant certain exams amongst N.F.L. gamers and coaches has made chaos of groups’ arrangements.

After greater than 90 N.F.L. gamers examined certain on Monday, the N.F.L. and the N.F.L. Avid gamers Affiliation agreed on Tuesday to amended this season’s Covid-19 protocols to replicate new steering from the Facilities for Illness Regulate and Prevention. Vaccinated and unvaccinated gamers can go back from quarantine in 5 days, now not 10, if they’re asymptomatic. The league has a 94 % vaccination fee amongst gamers.

The exchange has given different groups making an attempt to make the playoffs hope that famous person gamers will be capable to go back earlier than essential video games on Sunday and Monday, the penultimate week of the common season. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, as an example, was once amongst 39 gamers who examined certain on Tuesday. He’s going to be evaluated Sunday earlier than his staff’s sport towards the Las Vegas Raiders, who’re two video games again within the A.F.C. playoff race.

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