The Minnesota Vikings are in a world of hurt at the quarterback position this weekend.
Rookie Kellen Mond has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero. Starter Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, has been deemed a close-contact. Neither will be able to practice on Saturday.
All-in-all, the Minnesota Vikings will be down three quarterbacks this evening. Luckily, one is still available. Per Pelissero, former Washington Huskies star Jake Browning will get all the reps at quarterback.
To make matters worse, the Vikings will be featured on NFL Network’s primetime practice Saturday night. Fans tuning in will only get to watch Browning sling the rock.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 31, 2021
What is there to know about Jake Browning? Not much, at least at the professional level.
Browning signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent back in 2019. He’s gone back and forth on their roster and practice squad ever since. He’s never thrown a pass in the NFL. It’s safe to assume the Vikings won’t focus much on offense Saturday night.
Head coach Mike Zimmer praised Browning for getting vaccinated and being available for Saturday’s practice.
“Jake Browning is vaccinated. That helps to be the backup,” Zimmer said on Saturday, via Chris Long of KSTP-TV Sports. “It’s important to be available when you’re playing football – a team sport.”
It’s still unclear when both Kirk Cousins and Kellen Mond will be able to return. For now, Jake Browning will lead the Vikings’ first-team offense.