Minnesota picked up the second-year QB after losing Kirk Cousins, Nate Stanley and Kellen Mond to COVID-19 protocols earlier this week. With Cousins and Stanley activated earlier today, the Vikings no longer had a need for Cookus.
After going undrafted in 2020, Cookus spent time with the Giants and Broncos this past season. His short-lived tenure with the Vikings lasted all of three days.
The #Vikings have waived QB Case Cookus.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 5, 2021
After Mond tested positive for COVID-19, Cousins and Stanley were forced to undergo a five-day quarantine period as high-risk, close contacts. If they had been vaccinated, this isolation period would not have been required.
Cousins’ reluctance to get vaccinated has turned into a major point of contention in the Vikings locker room.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has been an outspoken advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine, expressing his “disappointment” and “frustration” with anyone who still refuses to get their shots. Yesterday, Zimmer revealed that Cousins “doesn’t believe in” the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Reserve quarterback Jake Browning, who Zimmer praised for getting vaccinated, took most of the starting reps for Minnesota in Cousins’ absence.
According to reports from The Washington Post, the Vikings have the lowest vaccination rate in the league at 64.5% of players fully vaccinated.