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Kirk Cousins placed on reserve/COVID-19 list, will miss Vikings' Week 17 game vs. Packers

Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings placed quarterback Kirk Cousins on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday morning, and he will miss the team's Week 17 contest against the Green Bay Packers.

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Cousins, who is unvaccinated, self-reported symptoms and then tested positive, per ESPN. Unvaccinated players who test positive are out at least five days, according to the NFL’s new COVID-19 protocols.

Kirk Cousins | 2021
Overall Grade Passing Grade Big-Time Throw % Turnover-Worthy Play %
86.4 (5th) 85.2 (4th) 4.7% (T-15th) 2.7% (T-13th)

Vikings second-string quarterback Sean Mannion was also on the COVID-19 list heading into Friday, but the team activated him off it ahead of Week 17. That leaves Mannion, rookie Kellen Mond and Kyle Sloter as Minnesota’s current quarterbacks. Mannion is now in line to start in Week 17.

Neither Mond nor Sloter has thrown a pass in an NFL game. Minnesota drafted Mond in the third round in 2021, and Sloter has been with six different NFL teams since going undrafted in 2017.

Green Bay can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win and a Dallas Cowboys loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Vikings are 7-8, with PFF's Power Rankings still giving them a 15% chance to make the playoffs. However, a loss to the Packers this Sunday would all but end their season, leaving them in need of a miracle sequence of events.

PFF currently values Cousins as being worth 5.5 points against the spread, a top-10 mark among 2021 quarterbacks.

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