Jun 15, 2021; in Eagen, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talk during drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins will return to practice Thursday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will return to practice Thursday after a five-day absence due to COVID-19.

Cousins and backup quarterback Nate Stanley were deemed high-risk close contacts to rookie QB Kellen Mond, who tested positive for the virus. Stanley is also due back Thursday after isolating.

Jake Browning has been the team’s No. 1 quarterback this week.

Head coach Mike Zimmer shrugged when asked about the status of Mond, though he’ll have to miss a minimum of 10 days.

Zimmer also said he won’t be discussing vaccinations anymore after expressing his dismay with his team’s 64.5 percent vax rate, reportedly the lowest in the NFL.

“We could put this thing to bed if we’d all do this, but it is what it is,” Zimmer said Monday.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11), quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), and quarterback Jake Browning (3) talk during drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins, two other QBs on COVID-19 list

The Minnesota Vikings placed quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Third-year player Jake Browning, who is fully vaccinated, is the lone Vikings quarterback available to practice. Browning has no NFL experience and was signed to a reserve/future contract in January.

Coach Mike Zimmer was none-too-pleased with those who have elected against getting vaccinated when addressing reporters on Monday.

“We could put this thing to bed if we’d all do this, but it is what it is,” Zimmer said.

Cousins has declined to answer questions about his vaccination status.

NFL Network reported Monday that the Vikings plan to sign quarterback Case Cookus.

–Field Level Media