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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is the New Face of Anti-Vax Movement As He Will Miss Huge Sunday Game With COVID (OP-ED)

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is the New Face of Anti-Vax Movement As He Will Miss Huge Sunday Game With COVID (OP-ED)

Since the vaccine was unveiled, most professional athletes have gotten their shots. It creates a distinct advantage for their team as it lessens their chances of missing time in COVID protocols.

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Still, many athletes have opted not to get the vaccine. Kyrie Irving, the star point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, missed the first 33 games of the season over his choice. Buffalo Bill Cole Beasley, another prominent anti-vax athlete, missed last week’s matchup against the rival New England Patriots. The Nets, though, are playing sound basketball without Irving, standing at 23-10. And the Bills were able to defeat the Patriots without Beasley.

The Minnesota Vikings, however, are unlikely to be so fortunate. On Friday, it was revealed that starting quarterback Kirk Cousins will miss this week’s massive matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Cousins has been one of the most prominent anti-vaxxers in the league. He told reporters this summer, “I’m going to be vigilant about avoiding a close contact. I’ve even thought about should I just set up literally plexiglass around where I sit so that this can never happen again. I’ve thought about it because I’m gonna do whatever it takes.” The one thing Cousins wouldn’t do? Get a vaccine shot.

The team’s head coach, Mike Zimmer, saw this situation as distinctly possible before the season started. He said after several players missed practices over COVID protocols, “I’m not surprised one bit. I am disappointed that this happened. I’m frustrated, not just with my football players who didn’t get vaccinated, but I’m frustrated with everybody (who didn’t). We’ll just do the best we can. It’s just disappointing.”

The Vikings, at 7-8, desperately need to win their remaining games for a shot at the playoffs. Playing the 12-3 Packers without Cousins, though, will likely be too much of an uphill battle.

The decision from Cousins isn’t only likely to cost Minnesota their next game; it might cost Cousins his job. It is widely expected that the Vikings will choose between Cousins and Zimmer this offseason.


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