Zimmer vents on Vikings’ vaccination scenario


EAGAN, Minn. — Because the Minnesota Vikings started their second week of coaching camp down three of 4 quarterbacks as a consequence of a COVID-19 interruption, coach Mike Zimmer doubled down on his frustrations geared toward unvaccinated gamers and the probability that the scenario his group at the moment faces might develop into a actuality through the common season.

“I simply really feel like we’ll have guys miss video games,” Zimmer stated. “There are such a lot of circumstances occurring proper now. We’ll have guys miss some video games and we’ve to be ready for it.”

The Vikings positioned quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley on the COVID-19 reserve checklist on Sunday sooner or later after Jake Browning was the one QB accessible for Minnesota’s Saturday night follow. Minnesota rookie receiver Myron Mitchell was additionally positioned onto the COVID-19 reserve checklist on Monday.

Earlier Saturday, Mond returned a constructive check for COVID-19. Because of this, Cousins and Stanley, who’re deemed high-risk shut contacts as a result of they’re unvaccinated, in accordance with a league supply, should isolate for 5 days earlier than they’re eligible to return off the reserve checklist and return to follow.

Zimmer did not masks his frustrations at his gamers and “everyone” who has not obtained the COVID-19 vaccine. “Going by way of all of the belongings you needed to do final yr with masks, protocol, touring, cannot depart for a day, cannot exit and see your loved ones and all of the issues — cannot exit to dinner on the street, should put on masks on the aircraft, all that stuff. It was simply tough,” Zimmer stated. “I simply do not perceive. I simply do not perceive, I feel we might put this factor to mattress if all of us do that. However it’s what it’s.”

The Vikings coach stated he spoke once more together with his group concerning his stance on vaccinations and the adverse penalties of being unvaccinated following Saturday’s disruption.

“I talked to the group, and like I stated earlier than, there are fairly a number of guys which can be simply in opposition to it,” Zimmer stated. “I am not going to have the ability to change their thoughts, so, it is like half the nation, I assume.”

Zimmer stated the Vikings are wanting right into a plan the place they might maintain one quarterback quarantined away from the remainder of the place room through the season within the occasion one other COVID-19 interruption arises throughout a sport week. That, nonetheless, would rely upon what number of quarterbacks the Vikings have vaccinated. Browning is at the moment the one one.

The fact that the scenario the Vikings are at the moment coping with might occur once more throughout a sport week had Zimmer ponder the query: How would he react if the Vikings misplaced a sport as a result of their beginning quarterback or a star participant was unavailable as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols?

“Most likely will not be pleased we misplaced the sport, first, and I most likely will not be pleased we might’ve prevented this,” the Vikings coach stated. “Like I stated, these guys, a few of them simply will not do it. I should not say it, however a few of the issues they learn is simply, whew, on the market.”

“It is their beliefs, so. I do not know if it is misinformation. It is their perception, so no matter they’ve heard or learn or been informed. Not from — perhaps they do not consider what (NFL chief medical officer) Dr. (Allen) Sills and the NFL is telling them both, so.”

The Vikings signed quarterback Case Cookus on Monday following a exercise and he later joined Browning at follow. Minnesota additionally claimed QB Danny Etling off waivers.

Browning, who spent the final two years on Minnesota’s follow squad after a four-year profession as a starter at Washington (his 39 wins are essentially the most by any quarterback in Pac-12 historical past), furthered his possibilities within the race to develop into the Vikings’ No. 2 quarterback with a powerful efficiency through the Vikings’ fourth follow. Zimmer stated Browning informed him to not reduce any reps regardless of being the one quarterback accessible on Saturday night.

“I feel somebody in my scenario, as an undrafted man that is been on the follow squad, these reps are actually precious,” Browning stated. “I did not need anybody to suppose that I did not need to take each single a type of reps and I did not need to be in a scenario the place they had been reducing follow and taking precious reps away from different guys but in addition myself. I simply thought with the scenario the way in which that it’s, I need to get as many reps out of it as I can. While you’re a back-up quarterback, these reps are actually precious so I needed to take each single one.”

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